The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the availability of two different grants, totaling $7 million that are designed to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across USA.
“Each aspiring citizen represents a personal story of sacrifice and triumph,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “This funding will increase opportunities for English language instruction, promote the rights and responsibilities that define our nation, and provide much-needed support for individuals on the path to citizenship.”
The first grant is aimed at strengthening locally-based citizenship preparation programs. The second grant will aim to increase the capacity of members or affiliates of national, regional, or statewide organizations to offer citizenship services in underserved communities. USCIS expects to announce an estimated 50 award recipients in September of 2010.
Those organizations planning to apply for either of the grants must send a mandatory letter of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26, 2010. To apply for either of the programs, visit www.grants.gov. Applications for both grant opportunities are due by April 30, 2010.
During the fiscal year 2009, USCIS awarded $1.2 million in grants to 13 immigrant-serving organizations across the country. These awards are currently expanding services and outreach on U.S. citizenship, educational opportunities, and available resources to nearly 70,000 LPRs in 11 states.