Office of Interior Island Affairs Announces $3.4 Million Grant for NMI | New

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WASHINGTON (Press release) — The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Insular Affairs announced funding of $3,473,362 for fiscal year 2022 for the Technical Assistance Program and Maintenance Assistance Program that will benefit residents of the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands. of the North through semi-autonomous governmental and public organizations.

“We are pleased to support the Northern Mariana Islands with support to build the capacity of government employees and acquire the heavy equipment needed to improve public services,” said Assistant Secretary for Island and International Affairs Carmen G. singer. “This important grant is also crucial to help support student safety in schools, improve hospital services and support food safety initiatives.”

Technical Assistance Program grants totaling $2,385,622 will be awarded to the following offices and organizations for the benefit of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as follows:

• $298,081 – Office of the Governor to support the Marianas Resilience and Sustainability Planning Group, which aims to develop policy solutions and recommendations on issues affecting CNMI and Guam on issues such as climate change , labor market, health, economic initiatives, natural resources, CNMI military reinforcement, education, renewable energies and areas of collaboration in the Mariana Islands.

• $180,669 – Office of Grants Management and State Clearinghouse to build local capacity of CNMI government agencies to compete and manage federal funds that help improve roads and highways, broadband and telecommunications, blue and green infrastructure, renewable energy and legacy pollution among others.

• $551,612 – Department of Finance to complete the development and implementation of its revenue management information system.

• $45,348 – The Department of Commerce will fund a climate change and environmental literacy workshop for up to 500 government employees to build knowledge and understanding of climate change and its environmental, economic and societal impacts . The goal is to help promote and implement climate-friendly policies and procedures across government.

• $106,763 – Municipality of Rota to support the Rota Aquaponics initiative in planting, growing and harvesting aquaponic plants and fish, which contributes to the development of food security on the island.

• $214,946 – Rota Department of Fire and Emergency Services to finalize the completion of the Emergency Responder Radio Relay Site Safety and Improvement Project

• $468,120 – Commonwealth Ports Authority

o $356,120 for the purchase of a light rescue utility truck for aircraft rescue and firefighting service at Saipan International Airport.

o $112,000 for fire system upgrades and sprinkler repairs in the Federal Customs and Border Protection Inspection Service area at Saipan International Airport.

• $293,025 – Commonwealth Public Service Corporation

o $152,625 to develop grant writing and management capabilities and improve opportunities to secure funding from federal agencies to help replace aging energy infrastructure and bring cleaner green energy to the Commonwealth.

o $140,400 to train and certify employees to meet local and federal regulatory certification guidelines for water and wastewater management.

• $227,058 – Commonwealth Healthcare Society

o $157,664 to upgrade the hospital’s public address system, which is now 25 years old.

o $69,394 to expand dental services from Saipan to the islands of Tinian and Rota through an inter-island tele-dentistry program.

Maintenance Assistance Program grants totaling $1,087,740 will be awarded to the following agencies in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as follows:

• $403,146 – CNMI Public Schools for deferred maintenance of schools in Saipan and Tinian.

• $339,937 – The Department of Public Works for the acquisition of an 18-wheel tractor and a flatbed trailer for the maintenance of roads and stormwater drainage systems, particularly needed after storms and Natural disasters.

• $262,600 – Commonwealth Utilities Corporation for the acquisition of a backhoe loader and a water main trencher to support the work of repairing leaks, laying pipes, accessing drainage, etc.

• $82,057 – Municipality of Tinian & Aguiguan for the renovation of public restrooms at Jones Beach, a popular site on the island where families gather for social occasions.

The Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Program will complete its final reviews of applications and recommendations for FY2022 grant awards by early September. The OIA reviews applications and the Assistant Secretary of the Interior makes award decisions based on a variety of factors, including merit review factors included in the grant announcement on www.grants.gov under CFDA #15.875, the recommendations of the leaders of each of the island areas and letters of support for the projects. Consideration is also given to equity and justice in all island areas.

For more information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Island Affairs, go to www.doi.gov/oia. For specific information on grants awarded through the Office of Island Affairs, visit www.grants.gov and look for number 15.875 in the Federal Domestic Help Catalog.

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