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USCIS Awards Nearly $8M for Fiscal Year 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

Juneau Community Organization to Receive One of 55 Federal Grants

JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced today that 75 organizations from 27 states and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $7.8 million in grant funding to promote citizenship education and immigrant integration in communities across the country. This announcement falls on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day—established by Congress to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and highlight the importance U.S. citizenship.

“U.S. citizenship is a critical milestone that many immigrants aspire to achieve,” said Director Mayorkas. “We at USCIS are proud to contribute the tools and resources these immigrants need to realize their aspirations and join the beautiful mosaic that is America.”

Southeast Regional Resource Center

Headquarters Location:  Juneau, AK

Award:  $98,181

The Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC) is Alaska’s only education service agency. For the past 30 years, SERRC has provided adult education services to the people of Juneau and 12 outreach communities. With this grant, SERRC intends to provide two levels of English Literacy (EL)/Civics and citizenship instruction to 100 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) residing in southeastern Alaska. SERRC anticipates that many of its clients will originate from the Philippines, Mexico, South Korea, Colombia and Russia.

Through this competitive grant program, USCIS seeks to expand citizenship preparation programs for LPRs to ensure that those committed to the goal of U.S. citizenship receive the support they need to be successful. Increased opportunities and additional resources in communities will help LPRs improve their English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and government as they prepare for citizenship.

The Fiscal Year 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program includes two competitive funding opportunities. The first grant program will strengthen locally based citizenship education programs and expand naturalization services. The second grant program will increase the capacity of national, regional and statewide organizations to offer new citizenship services through their members or affiliates in communities needing citizenship resources.

In FY 2009, USCIS awarded $1.2 million in grants to 13 immigrant-serving organizations across the country. These awards are currently being used to expand citizenship education services and naturalization preparation services to nearly 70,000 LPRs in 11 states.  Due to leadership demonstrated by the President and Congress, this grant program was expanded significantly in FY 2010.

For additional information on the FY 2010 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please see www.uscis.gov/grants. To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit www.grants.gov.

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