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Fiscal Year 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
USCIS Awards FY 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grants
Introduction
On Sept. 20, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the award of $10 million in grants to 40 organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The grants also aim to promote prospective citizens’ integration into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. Located in 25 states, these organizations will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for LPRs through September 2023.
Background
Since it began in 2009, the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has awarded more than $112 million through 513 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its 13th year, the program has helped more than 290,500 LPRs prepare for citizenship.
USCIS anticipates that approximately 25,000 LPRs will receive citizenship preparation services by Sept. 30, 2023, as a result of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 awards issued through the grant program. An additional 12,500 LPRs will be served by the ongoing FY 2020 program, which continues through Sept. 30, 2022.
USCIS awarded the grants through two funding opportunities, both of which support organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. Through grant funding, USCIS seeks to expand high-quality citizenship preparation programs to help LPRs integrate into American society and become successful U.S. citizens, ready to embrace and fulfill their responsibilities
In making final award decisions, USCIS took into account various program and organizational factors, including past grantee performance.
Organizations that receive awards under this program can only use grant funds to provide services to immigrants who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
Grant Recipient Organizations
Under the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services (​DHS-21-CIS-010-002 (PDF, 642.51 KB)) and the Refugee and Asylee Integration Services (​DHS-21-CIS-010-003 (PDF, 645.89 KB)) funding opportunities, grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries and adult education and literacy organizations.
FY 2021 recipient organizations serve both traditional immigrant population centers and emerging immigrant population centers in 25 states. Grant recipients will provide citizenship preparation services to approximately 25,000 LPRs originally from more than 50 countries. Grant recipients represent:
  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the greatest increase in their LPR population between FY 2017 and 2019, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania; and
  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the most naturalizations between FY 2016 and 2018, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington.
  • Eight out of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most naturalizations between FY 2017 and 2019, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta.
FY 2021 Grant Recipients
Grant recipients (in alphabetical order):
Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services
1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund
New York, NY
$250,000
Access California Services
Anaheim, CA
$250,000
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Seattle, WA
$250,000
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
$250,000
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
$250,000
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc.
Overland Park, KS
$250,000
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa, CA
$250,000
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
Atlanta, GA
$250,000
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
Community Refugee and Immigration Services, Inc.
Columbus, OH
$250,000
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Woodside, NY
$250,000
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin
Madison, WI
$250,000
English Skills Learning Center
Salt Lake City, UT
$235,661
Fresno Unified School District
Fresno, CA
$250,000
Hartford Public Library
Hartford, CT
$250,000
HIAS and Council Migration Services
Philadelphia, PA
$250,000
HopeWorks
Memphis, TN
$250,000
Instituto del Progreso Latino
Chicago, IL
$250,000
Interfaith Works of Central New York, Inc.
Syracuse, NY
$249,987
International Institute of Metropolitan Saint Louis
Saint Louis, MO
$250,000
International Institute of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN
$246,507
International Rescue Committee
Baltimore, MD
$250,000
International Rescue Committee, Inc., SeaTac
Seattle, WA
$250,000
International Rescue Committee, San Diego
San Diego, CA
$250,000
Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex
Milltown, NJ
$250,000
Jewish Family Services of Western MA
Springfield, MA
$250,000
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Louisville, KY
$250,000
Laredo College
Laredo, TX
$250,000
Learning Empowered
Largo, FL
$249,448
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Portland, OR
$250,000
Lutheran Social Services of Colorado
Denver, CO
$219,321
Mid‐Minnesota Legal Assistance
Minneapolis, MN
$250,000
Montgomery College
Rockville, MD
$250,000
Pars Equality Center
Sherman Oaks, CA
$250,000
Progreso Latino
Central Falls, RI
$250,000
School Board of Miami-Dade
Miami, FL
$250,000
Shorefront YM-YWHA
Brooklyn, NY
$250,000
Women for Afghan Women, Inc.
Fresh Meadows, NY
$250,000
YMCA of the Greater Houston Area
Houston, TX
$250,000
Refugee and Asylee Integration Services
Catholic Charities of Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
$299,076
Review Process
As part of the grant review process, USCIS reviewed more than 95 eligible applications using two-member teams to evaluate each proposal. The reviewers scored applications numerically using published evaluation criteria. USCIS ranked the applications under each funding opportunity based on their average scores. The USCIS internal review panel determined the final list of recipients based on the ranked order, as well as the published strategic program priorities found on page 18 of the notice of funding opportunity for DHS-21-CIS-010-002 (PDF, 642.51 KB) and on pages 21-22 of the notice of funding opportunity for DHS-21-CIS-010-003 (PDF, 645.89 KB).
Contact Information
For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov or visit uscis.gov/grants.
To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit grants.gov or call 800-518-4726.
Last Reviewed/Updated:
09/20/2021
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