OVERLAND PARK– The Department of Homeland Security has awarded approximately $ 10 million in grants to 40 organizations in 25 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization.

Of the $ 10 million, a grant of $ 250,000 was awarded to Catholic charities in northeastern Kansas. With this grant, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas will offer a citizenship preparation program to serve 280 people through free intensive citizenship preparation courses and provide assistance with the citizenship application and preparation for individual naturalization interviews. through La Luz Immigration Clinic.

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Grants, which run through September 2023, provide funding to organizations that prepare LPRs for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, US history and civic education. USCIS has received congressional support through appropriations to make these funding opportunities available to communities.

USCIS awarded the grants through two competitive funding opportunities. The first funding opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship training and assistance with naturalization applications to LPRs.

The second funding opportunity supports organizations that provide extensive integration services to LRPs who have entered the United States as refugees or who have been granted asylum.

Through these grant opportunities, we seek to expand the availability of high quality citizenship across the country as part of the Citizenship and Integration Grants program.

The Citizenship and Integration Grants program has awarded approximately $ 112 million through 513 competitive grants to immigrant serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia since its launch in 2009. Now In its 13th year, the program has helped more than 290,500 LPRs prepare for citizenship.

For more information on the 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grants program, visit www.uscis.gov/grants.

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