DOI grants now available to territories


It is now open season for U.S. territories to submit applications for technical assistance program funding and maintenance assistance program funding for fiscal year 2018, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday.

These grants are available to the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the CNMI, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the freely associated states of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. 

“While we are operating under a continuing resolution until Dec. 8, for fiscal year 2018, this advance notice gives each jurisdiction time to consider their most important needs and priorities this year,” said Doug Domenech, assistant secretary for Insular Areas. “We will be especially eager to work with the U.S. Virgin Islands as they begin contemplating their rebuilding needs following the hurricanes.”

Instructions to apply are available on the Office of Insular Affairs website. Applications are submitted through

TAP provides grant funding for short-term projects intended to meet immediate needs that can foster development in: accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy, management control initiatives, disaster assistance, natural and cultural resources, capacity building, public safety/emergencies, health initiatives, and invasive species management. 

MAP provides grant funding to support, develop, improve and, as much as possible, institutionalize infrastructure maintenance practices in the seven insular areas. (PR)

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