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Department of Homeland Security: Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program: Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program

Deadline: August 15, 2018

The goal of the Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program (RAAP) is to provide extended assimilation services which build on, but are not intended to replicate, those resettlement services funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which prioritize early economic self-sufficiency.

The primary focus of the RAAP is to provide individualized programming to lawful permanent residents (LPRs), who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) or were granted asylum, to attain the skills and knowledge required for successful citizenship and to foster a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States. This grant strives to promote long term civic assimilation of those LPRs who have identified naturalization as a goal, yet may need additional information and instruction services to attain it.

Applicants are required to demonstrate in-depth experience with and extensive knowledge of the particular community they propose to serve, and describe how the proposed program design will address the identified assimilation needs of this population. Applicants are required to propose a program that provides a suite of assimilation services to LPRs who were resettled as refugees or granted asylum that will promote long term civic assimilation. Through individual client needs assessments, completion of client assimilation plans for each enrolled client, provision of information and guidance on available assimilation services and provision of civics-based literacy, civics-based English language, and citizenship instruction to prepare for naturalization, former refugees and asylees will gain the tools to become successful citizens.

Proposed services must include the four mandatory elements listed below:

  1. Development of an individual assimilation plan for each LPR who will receive services.
  2. Provision of or referral to assimilation services that address the specific needs identified in the LPR’s individual assimilation plan.
  3. Civics-based literacy instruction, civics-based ESL instruction, and citizenship instruction to provide enrolled clients with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for citizenship.
  4. Provision of free naturalization application services, within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law.

Amount: Approximately $1,000,000 is available for approximately four grants of up to $250,000 each for a grant period of 24 months.

Eligibility: City, township, county, state, and special district governments; independent school districts; Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations; nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status; and private, public, and state controlled institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307575

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