DHS – Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program (2016)

Applications Due: April 22, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

USCIS will hold a teleconference on 3/16/16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET to discuss the 2016 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. Register here.

Description: 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.

 Funding Title: FY 2016 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services

Agency Name: Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Citizenship

Funding Opportunity Number:   DHS-16-CIS-010-002

 Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. Under Naturalization Application Services, within the authorized practice of immigration law, services must include: “The use of a BIA accredited representative or an attorney who is an employee at the applicant organization or at the sub-awardee organization. (Pro bono or volunteer attorneys may be used to supplement the program.)”

Target Population: Lawful permanent residents

Expected Number of Awards: 36

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Award Ceiling: $9,000,000

Award Floor: $0

How to Apply: You must apply electronically for this grant using the application package and instructions available at http://www.grants.gov. You can find detailed application instructions in the notice of funding opportunity and on http://www.grants.gov.

You and any sub-applicants applying for federal funding must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Data Numbering System (DUNS) number and must register with the System for Award Management (SAM).

The Grants.gov website provides step-by-step instructions for obtaining a DUNS number and registering with SAM. USCIS strongly encourages you to obtain or update all registrations related to Grants.gov before the April 22, 2016 deadline. USCIS has developed a tip sheet to help you prepare your proposals.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by April 22, 2016, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time

Eligible Applicants:

The following entities are eligible to apply to this announcement:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal government (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations, other than Federally recognized tribal governments
  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

 Link to Full Announcement: Here

Contact Information:

Jacqueline Greely
Grants Officer
Fax: 202-447-5600

Categories: Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Homeland Security, Immigration, Limited English Proficiency (LEP), Migrants/Immigrants, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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