Community Project Funding

To increase transparency, Members are required post information on each Community Project Request submitted to the Appropriations Committee on their website. The projects listed below are not in any particular order, but reflect the priorities and needs of the Marianas.

Fiscal Year 2023 Project Requests:

Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 

  • Project: CNMI Elementary Schools Immersion Language Program
  • Amount Requested: $311,939
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System 1258 Route 312, Capitol Hill Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would support Chamorro and Carolinian immersion language instruction in 14 public school classrooms including the development of curriculum.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

  • Project: Peritoneal Dialysis in Tinian
  • Amount Requested: $ 519,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Hospital Drive, Garapan, Saipan MP, 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would expand peritoneal dialysis options for patients in Tinian, who currently must endure the rigors of air travel to get treatment. The project will allow Tinian residents with End Stage Renal Disease to have access to life sustaining treatment on their home island. Overall, providing this access to care will contribute to the continuity of care therefore preventing higher costs for medical referrals, air travel and emergency care.

 

  • Project: Parking space expansion
  • Amount Requested: $5,586,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Hospital Drive, Garapan, Saipan MP, 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would provide approximately 100 structured parking stalls to improve access to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, the sole public hospital in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The parking space expansion would help reduce congestion, delays checking in patients, and provide pedestrian safety.

 

  • Amount Requested: $ 1,600,000
  • Intended Recipient: Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Insatto St., Beach Road Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would implement a solar power system to reduce the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ dependence on imported fossil fuels, lessen greenhouse gases, and decrease the cost of power to the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

 

  • Project: Public Libraries Furniture Upgrade
  • Amount Requested: $581,587.99
  • Intended Recipient: Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Insatto St., Beach Road Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would upgrade and replace furniture and supplies for all four public libraries in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The replacements and upgrades will also help ensure compliance with COVID-19 community safety and health guidelines. 

 

  • Project: Strengthening Healthcare Training Capacity in the CNMI
  • Amount Requested: $350,000
  • Intended Recipient: Northern Marianas College, Fina Sisu Lane, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would help meet the increasing need for health care workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands by supporting the training of nurses and other health professionals using advanced technology-enabled simulation training. Simulation training will overall enhance the student learning experience, improve knowledge retention and clinical reasoning, and increase student satisfaction with learning.

 

  •  Project: Healthcare Training Center – Architectural & Engineering Design
  • Amount Requested: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Northern Marianas College, Fina Sisu Lane, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would support the architectural and engineering design of the planned Healthcare Training Center at the Northern Marianas College. The Healthcare Training Center will help meet the nation’s increasing need for health care workers as well as in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Full architectural and engineering design drawings are the first step towards the development of the Healthcare Training Center.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

  • Amount Requested: $911,302
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Joeten Dandan Building, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would provide a comprehensive wastewater treatment analysis and feasibility study for the islands of Rota and Tinian.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

  • Amount Requested: $2,000,000                
  • Intended Recipient: Department of Public Works, Oleai Joeten Commercial Center, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would construct an overlay and the development of drainage systems in four locations along Route 10 which serves as the main thoroughfare to the airport and commercial and government entities on Rota.

 

  • Amount Requested: $2,000,000                
  • Intended Recipient: Department of Public Works, Oleai Joeten Commercial Center, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would allow for paving and drainage improvements on Route 205, a territorial collector route that connects Carolina village with the main thoroughfare on Tinian.

 

  • Amount Requested: $2,000,000                
  • Intended Recipient: Department of Public Works, Oleai Joeten Commercial Center, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would replace the existing gravel road with a two-lane travel paved road with paved shoulder, bike lanes, drainage improvements, and permanent traffic signage.

 

  • Project:  Saipan Route 36 Phase 1 Construction
  • Amount Requested: $12,000,000             
  • Intended Recipient: Department of Public Works, Oleai Joeten Commercial Center, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would construct an all-weather roadway in the northern coast of Saipan. Upon completion, this road will provide an alternate route in the northeast portion of Saipan, reducing traffic congestion on Route 30.

 

  • Amount Requested: $4,500,000                
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, 216 Marianas Business Plaza, Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would provide for the supply and installation of 187 bus stop shelters to aid in the full implementation of the Northern Mariana Islands’ first fixed route bus service to allow residents and visitors an alternative mode of transportation to gain accessibility around the island of Saipan.

 

  • Amount Requested: $3,000,000                
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, 216 Marianas Business Plaza, Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would provide for the design and construction of a concrete bus parking facility to provide shelter and protection for transit vehicles from severe weather.

 

  • Amount Requested: $900,000   
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, 216 Marianas Business Plaza, Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would construct three bus transfer stations at the Northern Marianas College, Paseo De Marianas Mall in Garapan, and the Kagman Village Homestead Subdivision area for the Saipan Public Transit Fixed Route System. These stations would augment the fixed-route bus station infrastructure with the procurement of architectural/engineering design services and the construction of the three transfer stations.

 

 

Fiscal Year 2022 Project Requests

Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

  • Project: School Library Expansion
  • Amount Requested: $156,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System 1258 Route 312, Capitol Hill Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: This project would promote reading and improve literacy rates by establishing a school district-wide e-book library system and purchasing books and other literacy resources. Our school libraries contribute to the individual growth and development of all students while fostering both excellence and equity in education. School libraries provide materials that will develop literary, cultural, aesthetic appreciation, and ethical standards. Our school libraries also provide books to encourage children to read for pleasure and provide materials to meet individual needs, varied interests, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds and maturity levels of the students served.

 

  • Project: Quantitative Data Collection Through the “Health Youth. Successful Futures.” Initiative
  • Amount Requested: $145,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System 1258 Route 312, Capitol Hill Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: The Commonwealth’s Public School System recognizes its role in supporting the public health of all students. This project would enable the Commonwealth’s Public School System to collect body mass index data across all schools to inform how to strengthen and support students to be physically active – a healthy behavior that students can carry into adulthood.

 

  • Project: Language Immersion Program
  • Amount Requested: $361,872
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System 1258 Route 312, Capitol Hill Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: This project would update the successful language and cultural heritage immersion program at Kagman Elementary School and expand it to all nine elementary schools in the Marianas. Preserving and teaching indigenous languages important to culture of the Marianas. Article Fifteen of the CNMI Constitution mandates the teaching of indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian languages and cultures in order to maintain, sustain, promote, practice, and perpetuate the identities of its indigenous community. However, with limited instructional materials and financial resources, the effort to save the Mariana's indigenous languages remains a challenge.

 

  • Project: Laboratory Renovation and Modernization
  • Amount Requested: $1,195,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation 1 Lower Navy Hill Road, Navy Hill, Saipan, MP 96950
  • Explanation of the Request: This project would expand and modernize the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation’s (CHCC) laboratories to improve capacity and meet national standards and codes. CHCC’s clinical laboratory plays a critical role in the delivery of healthcare, performing an integral function in the diagnostic and clinical decision process. With the growing number of patients accessing CHCC for routine care combined with the need to maintain vigilance with testing for infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Zika, Ebola and Chikungunya is more important than ever. All Marianas constituents stand to benefit from expanded laboratory capacity.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

  • Project: CNMI SBDC Business Innovation Incubator
  • Amount Requested: $952,394
  • Intended Recipient: Northern Marianas College, Small Business Development Center, Fina Sisu Lane, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project would promote innovation through entrepreneurship and bolster the Marianas economy through small business innovation. The CNMI business community requires more support to thrive and expand their operations, the CNMI SBDC Small Business Innovation Incubator would help start new business ventures and allow the small business community to access a network of resources they need to grow.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies

  • Amount Requested: $ 1,776,000
  • Intended Recipient: Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Insatto St., Beach Road Susupe, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The project involves the proposed expansion for the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. The expansion would include a two-story structure with multiple study rooms, conference rooms, computer station area, ADA compliant restrooms, fire escape, and a covered parking with 2 stalls. The library’s services and programs have outgrown its current facility, and the expansion would serve the entire community by welcoming more people to the space, provide study and workspace for children, teens, and adults, and continue to serve as a community institution on Saipan.

 

  • Project: Peritoneal Dialysis Expansion Project in Rota
  • Amount Requested: $ 522,000
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Hospital Drive, Garapan, Saipan MP, 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: The Peritoneal Dialysis Expansion Project in Rota aims to provide Rota residents in need of dialysis an option to remain on their home island for dialysis care, instead of relocating to Saipan to obtain treatment. The project would expand the home dialysis service area supported by CHCC Dialysis Clinic to include the island of Rota. This will help patients manage their care without additional barriers and avoid the costs of medical referrals off island.

 

  • Project: Health Information Technology Upgrades for CHCC
  • Amount Requested: $ 1,307,519
  • Intended Recipient: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation, Hospital Drive, Garapan, Saipan MP, 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: This project aims to improve health information technology for CHCC by increasing interoperability between islands, update the phone system, and facilitate central patient record storage. Improving inter-island connectivity will ensure effective use of telehealth, bringing care to these islands, and reducing unnecessary off island travel for patients and their families. This project would improve continuity of care, save money, and increase patient and provider interaction.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

  • Amount Requested: $ 302,585
  • Intended Recipient: NMI Judiciary located at Guma' Hustisia, limwal Aweewe, House of Justice, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: This project request will be of technical assistance in nature to determine the viability of a mental health treatment court in the CNMI. Funding will allow the Judiciary to hire a Policy Consultant, aided by a data analyst and administrative specialist, to compile research and data, funding availability, and meet with relevant stakeholders to ultimately come up with a report to assess if a mental health treatment court is a viable option.

 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

  • Amount Requested: $ 50,000
  • Intended Recipient: Karidat, Sister Remedios Community Center, Chalan Kanoa Dr, Saipan, MP 96950.
  • Explanation of the Request: This project will enable Karidat to obtain a generator and a concrete structure to protect the generator for Guma Esperanza, the only shelter for victims of violence, stalking, and trafficking in the Northern Marianas,. The generator will ensure the shelter remains a safe and healthy environment for residents and staff during power outages that occur frequently, and for extended periods.