Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota will receive Funding to Support Citizenship Preparation Programs
MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 17, 2015) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today the award of nearly $10 million in grants designed to prepare permanent residents for citizenship.
Forty immigrant-serving organizations from 26 states will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for permanent residents through September 2017. Of the $10 million, a grant of $248,905 has been awarded to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.
Since 1996, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) has provided naturalization application services to immigrants in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area. ILCM was first awarded a USCIS grant in FY 2013. With FY 2015 funding, ILCM will continue providing services for low-income immigrants from Latin America and Somalia, as well as the Hmong and Karen communities. ILCM plans to enroll 270 permanent residents in citizenship instruction classes and to provide 256 permanent residents with naturalization application services.
This is the seventh year USCIS has awarded competitive grant funding to organizations to support citizenship preparation efforts. Since the program began in October 2009, USCIS has awarded a total of $53 million through 262 grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia. To date, the USCIS Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has helped more than 122,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship. Through Sept. 30, 2017, USCIS anticipates that an additional 37,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services as a result of the grant program.
The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is part of a multifaceted effort to support effective citizenship preparation services and provide information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations. USCIS complements this grant program with its Citizenship Resource Center, a centralized web resource that provides learning materials to help permanent residents prepare for the naturalization process, and partnerships with federal and municipal agencies designed to raise awareness of the rights, responsibilities and importance of U.S. citizenship among the estimated 8.8 million permanent residents nationwide eligible to apply for naturalization.
This year’s announcement is part of USCIS’ celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorated every Sept. 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day. In 2004, Congress established Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
FY 2015 Grant Recipients
Grant recipients (in alphabetical order):
|Arab Community Center for Economic and
Social Services (ACCESS)
|Asian Americans Advancing Justice||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford, Inc.||Hartford, Conn.|
|Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Inc.||New Orleans, La.|
|Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Catholic Charities Diocese of Los Angeles, Inc.||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester, Inc.||Rochester, N.Y.|
|Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, Inc.||Trenton, N.J.|
|Catholic Charities of Orange County, Inc.||Santa Ana, Calif.|
|Central American Resource Center of California||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|Church World Service, Inc.||Durham, N.C.|
|Church World Service, Inc.||Harrisonburg, Va.|
|Colorado African Organization||Denver, Colo.|
|Emerald Isle Immigration Center||New York, N.Y.|
|English Skills Learning Center||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|HANAC, Inc.||New York, N.Y.|
|HIAS and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota||St. Paul, Minn.|
|Instituto del Progreso Latino||Chicago, Ill.|
|International Institute of Akron||Akron, Ohio|
|International Institute of the Bay Area||San Francisco, Calif.|
|International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis||St. Louis, Mo.|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||San Diego, Calif.|
|Jewish Family and Vocational Service of
Middlesex County, Inc.
|Jewish Family Service of San Diego||San Diego, Calif.|
|Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc.||Louisville, Ky.|
|Lutheran Community Services Northwest||Portland, Ore.|
|Make the Road New York||New York, N.Y.|
|Montgomery College||Rockville, Md.|
|Neighborhood Centers, Inc.||Bellaire, Texas|
|Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|New American Pathways, Inc.||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Northside Independent School District||San Antonio, Texas|
|Progreso Latino, Inc.||Central Falls, R.I.|
|Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)||Seattle, Wash.|
|School Board of Miami-Dade County||Miami, Fla.|
|SEIU 1199 League Training and Upgrading Fund||New York, N.Y.|
|Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach||New York, N.Y.|
|Young Women’s Christian Association of Tulsa||Tulsa, Okla.|
For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please visit www.uscis.gov/grants.