The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $2.56- million federal grant that will be used to rebuild public school buildings in the Commonwealth.
In a statement yesterday from the Office of the Governor, it said this award provides $2,563,825.49 in federal funding to the Public School System to replace buildings destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu in October last year.
The total grant amount is $2,848,694.99, with the FEMA share of $2,563,825.49 at the 90% federal cost-share.
This grant is 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 are submitted by the Commonwealth, which coordinates the process with local governments.
“Rebuilding our schools has been a critical priority since the beginning of our recovery process,” said Gov. Ralph DLG Torres. “Through close collaboration with the CNMI Board of Education and PSS leadership, our administration worked with our FEMA partners to ensure that we move forward in rebuilding the several schools devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu. Our strong partnership with FEMA has really helped us recover and rebuild stronger for the future.”
FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the Commonwealth and it is the Commonwealth’s responsibility to ensure the eligible sub-recipient receives 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)