USCIS Awards Three Los Angeles-based Organizations FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants totaling $725,000

Organizations are three of 41 to Receive Funding Nationwide

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 

 

The fiscal year 2019 grants, which run through September 2021, promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.

USCIS awarded the grants through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services grant opportunity, which supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. Organizations that receive grants under this funding opportunity can only use grant funds to provide services to immigrants who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.

In making final award decisions, USCIS considered grantee’s past performance, when applicable. In addition, all funded grant recipients must enroll in E-Verify as a regular employer within 30 days of receiving the award and remain E-Verify participants in good standing throughout the entire period of grant performance. Funded grant recipients must verify all new hires at hiring locations performing work on a program or activity that is funded in whole or in part under the grant.

The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has awarded approximately $92 million through 434 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia since it began in 2009. Now in its 11th year, the program has helped more than 245,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship.

The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program is a major part of the agency’s efforts to support effective citizenship preparation services and to provide information on naturalization to immigrants and nonprofit organizations. USCIS maintains the Citizenship Resource Center, an online hub that provides educational materials and resources to help LPRs prepare for the naturalization process. USCIS also partners with federal, state and local agencies to raise awareness of the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship among the estimated 8.9 million LPRs nationwide who are eligible to apply for naturalization.

For additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, please visit uscis.gov/grants.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow them on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis) and LinkedIn (/uscis).

 


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