U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) awarded $9.425 million in grants to 40 organizations across 19 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization.
Of the $9.425 million, a grant of $225,000 has been awarded to Jewish Family and Community Services. The grants, which run through 2020, aim to promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) wrote a letter supporting the JFCS grant application in August 2018.
The USCIS’ Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program is a competitive grant program that provides resources to community organizations to support lawful permanent residents in the naturalization process. JFCS intends to use the awarded funds to assist 200 lawful permanent residents in enrolling in citizenship instruction classes offered by Literacy Pittsburgh, screen 300 lawful permanent residents for eligibility to naturalize and file naturalization applications for 220 lawful permanent residents. PJC