Citizenship Education and Training


The goal of the Citizenship and Assimilation 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 more accessible to 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; incorporating assimilation activities into citizenship instruction; 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 assimilation process.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Grant recipients are estimated to provide citizenship preparation services to approximately 30,000 permanent residents. 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.
Fiscal Year 2019 No Current Data Available.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Title IV, Section 404, Public Law 115-115-141
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
May be required by the U.S. Statute, regulation, or program guidance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E- Cost Principles apply to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Deadline: Contact DHS at or for future application deadlines.
Grant recipients must reapply for continued funding.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 10%. Administrative costs capped at 15%

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stephen T. McHale
245 Murray Lane, SW, Bldg. 410, Stop 0115
Washington, DC 20528 USA
Phone: 202-357-7927
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$9,425,000.00; FY 19 est $10,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable for dissemination of technical information projects.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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