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18 April 2013

FY 2013 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

Posted by Laura Patching, Acting Chief, Office of Citizenship

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We are pleased to announce the FY 2013 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, a nearly $10 million federal initiative designed to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services for permanent residents.

The application package for this competitive grant program is now available at www.grants.gov. We encourage all eligible applicants to apply. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2013.

Since September 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $23.2 million through 142 grants to immigrant-serving organizations. We are proud of our grant recipients and their accomplishments. This funding has provided citizenship assistance to more than 51,000 permanent residents in 31 states and the District of Columbia. In the last four years, our grant recipients have worked diligently to support those who aspire to U.S. citizenship by:
  • Enrolling 30,248 students in citizenship classes;
  • Providing students with more than 70,000 hours of instruction;
  • Providing naturalization eligibility screenings to 32,557 permanent residents; and
  • Preparing and submitting 19,707 naturalization applications.
In addition, 17 organizations have earned Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and 42 staff members have attained BIA accreditation under the grant program. This is an important part of our efforts to build capacity in local communities.


Students attending a USCIS-funded citizenship class in Springfield, MA
Students attending a USCIS-funded citizenship class in Springfield, MA 

Our grant recipients have also developed a number of innovative approaches to citizenship education. USCIS highlights and shares these promising practices through case studies and short tips published on the Citizenship Resource Center, many of which can easily be incorporated into existing programs.

To learn more about the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, including helpful hints on preparing a proposal, please visit www.uscis.gov/grants.

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