The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced yesterday that two federal grants totaling more than $5 million will be awarded to the CNMI, in response to the Super Typhoon Yutu disaster.
The first award provides $3.6 million in federal funding to Tinian for building repairs. The total grant amount is $3,995,327.65, with the FEMA share of $3,595,794.89 at the 90% federal cost share. This funding is being provided under authority of Section 428 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
The second award provides $1.46 million in federal funding for the CNMI Department of Public Safety for emergency protective measures as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu. This funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.
These grants are funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which provides grant reimbursement to communities for expenses incurred in the immediate response and the recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally-recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations. The grant applications in the CNMI were submitted by the Commonwealth, which coordinates the process with local governments.
FEMA obligates funding for these projects directly to the Commonwealth and it is the Commonwealth’s responsibility to ensure the eligible sub-recipients receive this award. Following its review process and upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the Commonwealth will provide funds to the sub-recipient on a reimbursable basis. (PR)