On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day USCIS Announces Grant Recipients for FY 2012

 

 

As part of its celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Sept. 17, 2012,  the award of approximately $5 million in grants designed to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. Under this program, 31 immigrant-serving organizations from 21 states and the District of Columbia will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents through September 2014.

Background information

This is the fourth year USCIS has awarded competitive grant funding to immigrant-serving organizations to support citizenship preparation efforts. During the first three years of the program, USCIS awarded a total of $18.3 million through 111 grants to immigrant-serving organizations. To date, these organizations have provided citizenship preparation services to approximately 38,000 permanent residents in 30 states and the District of Columbia. USCIS anticipates an additional 26,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services by September 2014.

Under this year’s program, grant recipients will offer citizenship instruction to prepare permanent residents for the civics and English components of the naturalization test, and naturalization application services within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law. The period of performance for the grants is two years.

Which organizations are recipients?

Recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to permanent residents. They include public school systems, public libraries, community and faith-based groups, adult education organizations, and literacy organizations.

Recipient organizations are geographically diverse and represent both traditional immigrant destinations and new immigrant gateways across 21 states and the District of Columbia. Grant recipients plan to provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to approximately 10,000 permanent residents from 50 countries. Grant recipients represent:

Eight of the top 10 states with the largest permanent resident populations eligible to naturalize (California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington and Virginia);

Nine of the top 10 states with the largest growth in the proportion of permanent residents in the past 10 years (California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland);

Seventeen of the top 20 states with the largest numbers of annual naturalizations (California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, Connecticut and Colorado); and

Eleven of the top 15 metropolitan areas with the greatest numbers of new permanent residents in the past 10 years (New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Jose and Seattle).

Contact Information

For additional information on the FY 2012 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship by phone at 202-272-1310 or by email at citizenshipgrantprogram@dhs.gov. To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, please visit http://www.grants.gov or contact the Grants.gov support line at 800-518-4726.

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  1. A very impressive article. Well prepared. Very motivating!! Set off on to way

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