WASHINGTON, D.C.-Both the CNMI Coastal Resources Management Office and the Northern Mariana Islands Criminal Justice Planning Agency were awarded federal funds today. CRMO is to receive $924,000, marking the 20th year of funding to administer its federally approved coastal management program. CJPA will get $243,854 for a variety of programs related to crime prevention and control.
Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan received the grant announcements from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce and from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.
“The steady flow of federal funds to government agencies in the Northern Marianas makes it possible to provide many vital services that local funding alone could never pay for,” Sablan said.
“So, my efforts in Congress are focused on funding those programs that mean the most to people in the Northern Marianas; and I congratulate the management and staff at CRMO and CJPA who continue to make good use of this federal money.”
The NOAA funding is scheduled to support a number of local projects, including the Clean Beaches campaign and the Talakhaya Conservation Action Plan on Rota. The $924,000 also underwrites the core activities of CRMO such as permitting of coastline development and public outreach and education. Climate change adaptation and planning are also increasingly a necessary use for these annual operations funds.
The $243,854 awarded to CJPA will allow the agency to fund local grant proposals in the areas of crime prevention, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. According to the Department of Justice, the programs and initiatives funded will focus on providing services directly to individuals and specific communities and on improving the effectiveness of the entire criminal justice system.