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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Help New Immigrants Prepare for Citizenship and Naturalization

Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
128188

Funding Source
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
CFDA Number: 97.010
Funding or PIN Number: DHS-23-CIS-010-002
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/28/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribal governments, and IHEs for services for immigrants. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the provision of citizenship instruction services and naturalization application services.

This opportunity is for public or nonprofit organizations that prepare immigrants for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

Proposed services must include the following two components:

  1. Citizenship Instruction Services:
    Educational services that provide enrolled LPRs with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for citizenship, including instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), U.S. history and government, and the naturalization process. 
  2. Naturalization Application Services:
  3. Within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law, grant recipients must assist qualified program participants in preparing and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, preparing for the naturalization interview, and providing ongoing case management as needed.

Organizations may also use grant funding to:

  • Have an accredited representative or licensed attorney appear with clients at the naturalization interview; and
  • File other naturalization-related forms or documents (such as Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions), if applicable.

For detailed information on the two mandatory program components, see Section C.2 on page 5 of the NOFO in Attached Files below as well as the "Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services" section of the Full Grant Text RFP.

Partnerships are encouraged. Applicants may include partnerships with other public or nonprofit organizations in their proposal. For more information, see page 3 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

For Allowable Costs, see page 17 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the below requirements:
- Applicants must be an organization with public or non-profit status; and
- The applicant or sub-applicant must have at least one year of experience in the past three years providing direct service citizenship instruction in a classroom setting that follows a curriculum and uses a citizenship textbook.
- The applicant or sub-applicant must have at least one year of experience in the past three years providing naturalization application services within the authorized practice of immigration law to clients, and must:
a) Be recognized by the DOJ and employ at least one DOJ-accredited representative employee (partial accreditation is acceptable) with experience providing clients with naturalization representation; or
b) Have at least one attorney on staff as a paid employee with experience in providing clients with naturalization representation.

Ineligible
Organizations are not eligible to receive funding under this opportunity if they are:
- A for-profit law firm or attorney in private practice;
- A current awardee or sub-awardee under the FY 2022 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services Grant (funding opportunity DHS-22-CIS-010-002) or Community and Regional Integration Network Grant (DHS-22-CIS-010-003); or
- A sub-awardee under the FY 2022 Regional Hub Grant (DHS-22-CIS-010-001).

If DHS determines at any point during the review process that an application does not meet these eligibility requirements, we will remove the application from further consideration.

Funding Restrictions:
Grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
a. Cost-sharing or matching funds for other federal grants, lobbying, or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, federal funds may not be used to sue the federal government or any other government entity.
b. USCIS application fees.
c. Costs of organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions.
d. Profit/Fee is not allowable except when subcontracting for routine goods and services with commercial organizations.
e. Foreign travel.
f. Construction costs and purchase of real property under this funding opportunity.
g. Pre-award costs.
h. Funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development.
i. Costs for food or refreshments.
j. Incentive items or gift cards.
k. General volunteer stipends.
l. Living allowances for any national volunteer service program participants.
m. Fees for conferences that are not considered training events.

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates and Times:
- Application Start Date: 06/09/2023
- Application Submission Deadline: 07/28/2023 at 11:59PM EST
All applications must be received by the established deadline.
- Anticipated Award Date: No later than 09/30/2023

Suggested Deadline for Completion of other Key Dates:
- Initial Registration at SAM.gov (includes UEI issuance) Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining UEI Number Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Updating SAM registration Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in Grants.gov One week before actual submission deadline

All entities wishing to do business with the federal government must have a unique entity identifier (UEI). The UEI number is issued by the SAM system. Requesting a UEI (Sam.gov) information can be found at: https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration.

Grants.gov registration information can be found at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

There is a minimum cost share requirement for this program of 10% of the total requested funding amount. For further information, see page 10 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=348645

For more information, see https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=106959.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$16,500,000

Number of Grants
55

Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum grant award is $300,000 ($150,000 for the first year and $150,000 for the second year)

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance: 24 months
Note: extensions are permitted. See Section H, Additional Information, Period of Performance Extensions, in the NOFO for more information.

- Projected Period of Performance Start Date: 10/01/2023
- Projected Period of Performance End Date: 09/30/2025

Contact Information
For a hard copy of the full NOFO, please write or fax a request to:
Jacqueline Greely
Grants Officer
CISMailbox@hq.dhs.gov
Fax: 202-447-5600
If you use assistive technology and are unable to access any materials on Grants.gov, please email the Support Center at support@grants.gov.

Applications will be processed through the Grants.gov portal. If you experience difficulties accessing information or have any questions, please call 1-800-518-4726.

USCIS Program Office (Office of Citizenship):
• Send all questions to citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.
• USCIS Office of Citizenship staff will respond within five business days.

DHS Grants Office: Send all questions to the Grants Officer at CISMailbox@hq.dhs.gov

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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