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10 November 2016

USCIS Grant Program Reaches Out to Smaller Organizations

(by Juliet K. Choi, USCIS Chief of Staff)

Over the last seven years, our Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has helped more than 156,000 lawful permanent residents prepare to apply for citizenship through more than 300 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Recently, we welcomed representatives from the 46 community-based organizations funded under the fiscal year 2016 grant program to Washington, D.C., for a two-day orientation session. Among them: 10 organizations (listed below) that were selected to receive funding under a newly created grant opportunity called Citizenship Instruction.

This new opportunity is designed to assist nonprofit groups in establishing citizenship instruction programs or expanding the quality and reach of existing programs. Through this effort, we’re hoping to expand the availability of citizenship classes for permanent residents, particularly classes offered by small, community-based organizations that have not previously received grant funding from USCIS.

Each of the grant recipients has substantial experience providing literacy and English as a second language instruction to adult immigrants. Our goal is to transfer that experience and knowledge into robust and effective citizenship education programs by providing both funding and intensive support and technical assistance. We look forward to collaborating with these organizations as they work to support aspiring citizens in communities across the country.

The new grant recipients represent locations from Vermont to Hawaii, serving a highly diverse pool of individuals. The groups range from public school systems to public libraries, community- and faith-based organizations to traditional adult education and literacy organizations, as well as three mutual assistance associations. They embody the strong community spirit that has supported the integration of generation after generation of immigrants in America.

For more information on our FY 2016 grant recipients, including those funded under this new initiative, please visit the grant program section of the Citizenship Resource Center.

Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
New York, NY
The Chaldean Community Foundation
Sterling Heights, MI
Chinese Community Center, Inc.
Houston, TX
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services
Columbus, OH
Irish International Immigrant Center, Inc.
Boston, MA
Literacy Chicago
Chicago, IL
Literacy New Jersey, Inc.
Edison, NJ
Pacific Gateway Center
Honolulu, HI
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Inc.
Colchester, VT
Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay
Oakland, CA



At November 15, 2016 at 6:16:00 PM EST , Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone can help me with my application for citizenship based on 3 years marriage, my question is i filled 2 years taxes as married but filled separate and this year i filled as head of household and my partner as dependent, Do you think i need to file an amend or will i get denied my application because i filled last year like that any suggestions thank you

At November 28, 2016 at 4:10:00 PM EST , Anonymous Jackie Rodriguez said...

As the immigration intern for a non-profit organization in Washington D.C., I am able to see the needs of many low-income immigrants. I believe that offering grants to non-profit organization to provide individuals with useful resources, such as programs for U.S. citizenship, is amazing. Many of the individuals I had a chance of working with fell under the poverty guide chart and providing them with these resources through non-profits is a great way to help them become citizens of this country and feel welcomed by this country.


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