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Cities for Citizenship (C4C) “America is Home” Initiative

Overview:

The Cities for Citizenship (C4C) “America is Home” Initiative is a four-year, $5 million, bipartisan grant program to support municipalities and their community partners to encourage and support naturalization applications. Our nation has always been a home to those seeking freedom, opportunity, and refuge from persecution. These new Americans have pursued their American Dreams; helped to build our nation; and continue to contribute with their hard work. When immigrants naturalize they have made an affirmative decision to study English, U.S. history and government, and swear allegiance to our Constitution. Naturalized citizens have higher income, generate more taxes, connect with their neighbors more easily, and assume their full rights and responsibilities in this country, to proudly say “America is Home”.  The C4C “America is Home” Initiative is administered by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) and offered in cooperation with the New Americans Campaign. NPNA and NAC are two leaders in the U.S. promoting naturalization.

The C4C “America is Home” Initiative:

  • Provides two-year challenge grants of $25,000 and $40,000 annually
  • Encourages partnerships of Mayors and Municipalities with community-based organizations
  • Encourages local funding to match the challenge grants, and long-term sustainability
  • Builds the “learning community” of Cities for Citizenship (C4C)
  • Provide scholarships to grantees to attend the a C4C Convening at NPNA’s National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) in December 2018
  • Increase citizenship outreach and application rates in AAPI communities
  • Develop effective outreach and communications plans
  • Make two-year grants in 2018, 2019, and 2020

In June 2018, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Cities for Citizenship at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston to launch the C4C America is Home Initiative. The funding has gone to 16 non-traditional cities ranging from Boise, Idaho to York, Pennsylvania. Below is the list of the 2018-2019 C4C America is Home Grantees:

2018-2019 C4C America is Home Grantees

  • El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama - Birmingham, Alabama
  • Catholic Charities of Idaho - Boise, Idaho
  • Colorado Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition - Denver, Colorado
  • Immigrant Welcome Center - Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Massachusetts Immigrant Advocacy Coalition - Lawrence, Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries Inc - Louisville, Kentucky
  • Voces de la Frontera - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition - Nashville, Tennessee
  • VAYLA - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Comunidades Unidas - Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Somos Un Pueblo Unido - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • YMCA Tulsa - Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • CASA - York, Pennsylvania

If your Organization or City is interested in applying for the America is Home 2019 - 2020 RFP, please reach out to Magaly Arteaga at magaly@partnershipforenewamericans.org & Sarah Mesick sarah@partnershipforenewamericans.org