FY 2012 Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program


FY 2012 Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program

Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services

CFDA Number


Funding Opportunity Number (FON)



Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division 


The Office of Citizenship (OoC), within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is charged with promoting the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Naturalization is not only a benefit in itself, but also a mechanism to foster immigrant integration. Naturalization provides civic and economic opportunities for new citizens, and strengthens our communities and nation as a whole. Through preparing for naturalization, applicants will gain the tools to become successful citizens - ready to exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities as United States citizens. 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.

Eligible Applicants

State governments

County governments

City or township governments

Special district governments

Independent school districts

Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

Private institutions of higher education

Funding Amount

Estimated Total Program Funding: $5,000,000

Award Ceiling: $ 160,000

Target Population

 Low income and other underserved permanent residents.

Geographic Target



 May 7, 2012


Stephanie Dawkins

Grants Office

Phone 202-447-0495


Full Announcement

Date Summary Prepared

KB 3/21/12