2009-04-03 / Top Stories

Weiner Announces New Federal Grants

New federal grants are going to provide a major boost to immigration services, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens) said today. Twelve non-profit groups are eligible for a total of $1.2 million under the new competitive grant program.

Funding will expand the number of people who are eligible to become United States citizens by strengthening their English language skills, honing their knowledge of U.S. history and government, and preparing for the naturalization interview process.

Key Facts under the 2009 Citizenship Grant Program:

Who Can Apply: Communitybased organizations, which include faith-based organizations, adult education groups, libraries, volunteer and literacy organizations, can apply.

These organizations must serve one or more "priority" immigrant groups that are eligible greencard holders who are 65 or older, refugees or asylees, or those who have adjusted through "special immigrant" provisions.

When Are Applications Due: The application for the resources is due May 15th, 2009.

What Citizenship Grant Program Provides: Funds can be used to provide direct services to immigrants with legal status in the United States. Services include teaching English as a Second Language, naturalization preparation assistance, and citizenship-focused educational workshops.

Where To Apply: Organizations interested in accessing these resources can also find the application on http://www.grants.gov.

Representative Weiner said, "Immigrant families are essential to keep New York City the capital of the middle class. These funds will play a vital role in the City's diversity, growth and success."

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