About the Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has been a part of a multifaceted effort to provide citizenship preparation resources, support, and information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations since 2009.
The program has awarded more than $92 million through 434 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The program has helped more than 245,000 lawful permanent residents prepare for U.S. citizenship.
Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents. These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.
Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program grant recipients are also public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents. These organizations must also have extensive experience providing ongoing assimilation services to lawful permanent residents who have entered the United States as refugees or asylees and have a robust network of local service providers to refer clients to as needed. The organizations include faith-based groups and community organizations.
In September 2019, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations in 24 states through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services funding opportunity to help lawful permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. These organizations provide critical services to help lawful permanent residents obtain the skills and knowledge they need to prepare for the naturalization interview and test, while simultaneously fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States.