Citizenship Education and Training
The goal of the grant program is to expand the availability of quality citizenship preparation services for permanent residents in communities across the nation. Activities that support this goal include making citizenship instruction and naturalization application services accessible to low income and other underserved 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; and engaging receiving communities in the citizenship and civic integration process.
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants (Contracts)
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.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
Division F—Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2014, Title IV, Section 543, Public Law 113-76.
Community-and faith-based organizations, public libraries, as well other nonprofit institutions/organizations that conduct citizenship education classes for permanent residents, are eligible as described in the section above.
Immigrant Service Providers; Refugee/Alien.
May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Grantees must reapply for continued funding.
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
Grantees 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. Grantees 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.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
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.
Fiscal Year 2013: Grant recipients provided citizenship education and naturalization application preparation services to approximately 26,578 permanent residents. Fiscal Year 2014: Grant recipients are estimated to provide citizenship education and naturalization application preparation services to approximately 26,000 permanent residents. Fiscal Year 2015: Grant recipients are estimated to provide citizenship education and naturalization application preparation services to approximately 26,000 permanent residents.
(Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 13 $9,884,000; FY 14 est $10,000,000; and FY 15 est $10,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable for dissemination of technical information projects.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circulars No. A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations, A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions and A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organization.
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
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
Examples of Funded Projects
Criteria for Selecting Proposals