CNMI Fisheries Working Group is seeking more documentation for grant assistance

Posted on Jun 11 2021

The CNMI CARES-Act Fisheries Working Group was made aware Wednesday that one additional document is required in order to process payment checks for CNMI eligible applicants under the 2020 COVID-19 Fisheries Assistance funded by Section 12005 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

According to Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, all eligible applicants must provide a completed Internal Revenue Service Tax Form W-9. This form displays an individual or business establishment’s name, taxpayer identification number, address, and signature.

The submission of this form would allow authorities to collect taxes on this grant assistance. The PSMFC also informed the CNMI CARES-Act Fisheries Working Group that Guam and American Samoa fisheries entities had to submit this document before any of their checks were to be issued.

The additional required document will push the payout date pass the June 15 scheduled date. The Working Group has asked the patience for all applicants as the required form is an essential piece of the process.

Completed forms must be submitted to the Office of Grants Management within seven calendar days or no later than June 18, 2021 at 4:30pm. Their temporary office is at the former Pena House Boutique Shop/Bank of Saipan building in Chalan Kanoa. Call the Office of Grants Management at 235-4211. Forms may be accessed online at

Individuals unable to access or a print a W-9 form may visit OGM in Chalan Kanoa from 7:30am to 4:30pm before the June 18 deadline. (PR)

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