U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new grant opportunities for organizations that help immigrants prepare for naturalization and integrate into the U.S. On June 27, USCIS announced the expansion of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and the new application period. In making the announcement, USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou said:
“We’re proud to support immigrants on their path to citizenship & look forward to welcoming our future fellow Americans.
This year, the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is more robust than ever. These organizations are helping immigrants become citizens and integrate into the United States, and I am pleased that this year’s program will support innovative initiatives and deepen regional and local collaboration to reach more geographic areas around the country.”
Applications for all new citizenship prep grants are due by August 5, 2022.
Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services
This opportunity will fund public or nonprofit organizations offering citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to immigrants. USCIS expects to award 42 organizations up to $300,000 each for two years through this opportunity.
Community and Regional Integration Network Grant
This grant opportunity will provide extended integration services with a focus on individualized programming to certain immigrants, including those who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, were granted asylum, or were admitted or entered the United States as a Cuban or Haitian entrant, to attain the skills and knowledge required for successful citizenship.
Regional Hub Program
This new grant opportunity is designed to fund regional or statewide citizenship support networks that build capacity among their affiliates or members to provide direct citizenship preparation services to immigrants.
Innovations in Citizenship Education Program: This new grant opportunity is designed to amplify innovation. USCIS will award innovation grants to organizations that foster creative approaches to preparing immigrants for naturalization and encouraging the civic, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants into their communities.
For more information on new citizenship prep grants, visit the USCIS website: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/dhs-announces-expansion-of-citizenship-and-integration-grant-program-and-open-application-period.
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