Citizenship Education and Training

The goal of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is to expand the availability of high quality citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents in communities across the nation.

Additional activities that support this goal include making citizenship instruction and naturalization
application services accessible to low-income and other underserved lawful permanent resident populations; developing, identifying, and sharing promising practices in citizenship preparation; supporting innovative and creative solutions to barriers faced by those seeking naturalization; increasing the use of and access to technology in citizenship preparation programs; working with local libraries, which serve as a vital resource for immigrant communities; and incorporating strategies to foster welcoming communities as part of the citizenship and civic integration process.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ansob Center For Refugees $ 249,586   2020-10-012022-09-30
Asian Community & Cultural Center $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Boat People Sos-houston, Inc. $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Bronxworks, Inc. $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities Of Dallas, Inc. $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities Of Orange County, Inc. $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities Of The Archdiocese Of Galveston-houston $ 225,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Rochester $ 250,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities Of The Roman Catholic Diocese Of Syracuse $ 300,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Catholic Charities San Bernardino/riverside $ 225,000   2020-10-012022-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Total Permanent Residents Served 34,230 Percent of students enrolled in classes under the program that show educational gains: 75.00%. Fiscal Year 2017: Grant recipients are estimated to provide citizenship preparation services to approximately 32,000 permanent residents. Percent of students enrolled in classes that show educational gains: 80.00%. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

DHS grant funds may only be used for the purpose set forth in the agreement, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award.

Expenses that may be paid for with grant funds include the following: Resources to support citizenship instruction and naturalization application services, including staff salaries, textbooks/materials, standardized assessments, software, etc.

Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the announcement/program guidance and award provisions.

See program guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Community-and faith-based organizations, public libraries, as well other nonprofit institutions/organizations that conduct citizenship education classes for permanent residents, are eligible.

Restrictions on the type of organization eligible to apply for a specific funding opportunity will be identified in the announcement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Immigrant Service Providers; Refugee/Alien.

Credentials/Documentation

May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Title IV, Section 404, Public Law 115-115-31.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Deadline: Contact DHS at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov or CISMailbox@hq.dhs.gov for future application deadlines.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Grant recipients must reapply for continued funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Monetary awards may be subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment based on Project need.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grant recipients are required to file: 1.

Quarterly performance and financial reports during the performance period; and 2.

Final performance and financial reports within three months of the close of performance period.

Federal Financial Reports, SF-425, are due 30 days after each calendar quarter and within three months of the close of the performance period.

Grant recipients are required to file: 1.

Quarterly performance reports during the performance period, and 2.

Final performance reports within three months of the close of performance period.

Federal Financial Reports, SF-425, are due 30 days after each calendar quarter and within three months of the close of the performance period.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0300-0-1-751.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 16 $10,000,000; FY 17 est $10,000,000; and FY 18 est $10,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable for dissemination of technical information projects.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR Part 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

DHS, Office of Procurement Operations, USCIS 245 Murray Lane, S.W., Building 410; Mail Stop 0115, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Phone: (202) 447-5589

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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