Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

 

Opportunities – Federal contracts, grants, and jobs for and in the Mariana Islands:

Grants:

  • Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (NEH)- This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. It strengthens efforts to extend the reach of humanities collections and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Awards also support the creation of reference resources that facilitate the use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation. Current closing date is July 19, 2022. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339294.
  • Energizing Insular Communities- The EIC program (formerly called the Empowering Insular Communities program) provides grant funding for energy strategies that reduce the cost of electricity and reduce dependence on foreign fuels. This program is intended to support the Secretary’s priority to utilize our natural resources by ensuring American energy is available to meet security and economic needs. For more information, go to https://www.doi.gov/oia/financial-assistance.
  • FEMA Public Assistance for Safe Opening and Operating of Schools- FEMA continues to provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and eligible non-profit organizations to support the safe opening and operation of eligible schools. This includes funding for COVID-19 screening and temperature scanning, diagnostic testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning and disinfection costs. For more information, go to https://www.fema.gov.
  • Indigeneous Communities Program (EDA-ARPA)  This program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334764.
  • EDA CARES Act Recovery AssistanceEDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance is designed to provide a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of this  pandemic.The CARES Act provides EDA with $1.5 billion of which $1.467 billion is available for grant making. The remaining funds will be transferred to cover salaries and expenses and oversight activities. For more information, go to https://eda.gov/cares/.
  • EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance – The Economic Development Administration is soliciting applications to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. There are no deadlines. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321695.

Jobs/Internships:

  • Youth Leadership Academy- The APAICS Youth Leadership Academy program, in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, is a week-long leadership development and enrichment program geared towards high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide students of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage the unique opportunity to learn more about government and public policy issued impacting the AAPI community and how they can be more involved in the political process. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, go to https://www.apaics.org/youth-leadership-academy.

Public Comment:

  • Flavored cigar characterizations - The Food and Drug Administration seeks comments on a proposed rule that would prohibit characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in all cigars and their components and parts. Characterizing flavors in cigars, such as strawberry, grape, cocoa, and fruit punch, increase appeal and make the cigars easier to use, particularly among youth and young adults. Deadline for comments is July 5, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Menthol cigarettes characterizations - The Food and Drug Administration seeks comments on a proposed rule that would prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. FDA is taking this action to reduce the tobacco-related death and disease associated with menthol cigarette use. Deadline for comments is July 5, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Small Business Credit Initiative data - Department of the Treasury seeks comments on a data collection extension for the State Small Business Credit Initiative. The State Small Business Credit Initiative provides $10 billion for the Department of the Treasury to make payments to states of the states, territories, and Tribal governments to help address the economic fallout from the pandemic and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery by providing direct support to eligible jurisdictions for programs that increase access to credit for small businesses.  Deadline for comments is July 6, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Five-Year status review for species - The Fish and Wildlife Service seeks comments on a five-year status review for 167 species in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. A five-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information on these species that has become available since the last reviews. Deadline for comments is July 11, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Highway data collection extension - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks comments on extending an existing data collection on the agency's efforts to develop and implement a new discretionary grant program to increase the number of States, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes electronically transferring their motor vehicle crash data to NHTSA. Deadline for comments is July 15, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Decision period extension for fisheries - The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on and interim final rule that extends the time period that temporary specifications issued to implement certain short-notice decisions of the Commission on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean may remain in effect. This action also extends temporary specifications to implement two short-notice WCPFC decisions. NMFS is undertaking this action under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act to satisfy the obligations of the United States as a Contracting Party to the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. The interim final rule went into effect on June 7. Deadline for comments is July 15, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Maltreatment Reporting System data - Administration for Community Living seeks comments on data being collected for the National Maltreatment Reporting System. Deadline for comments is July 22, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Special Census Program - The U.S. Census Bureau seeks comments on data being collected for the Special Census Program. A Special Census is an enumeration of population, housing units, group quarters, and transitory locations, conducted by the Census Bureau at the request of a Governmental Unit (GU). The Special Census questionnaires will collect the same information that was gathered during the 2020 Census. Deadline for comments is July 25, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Data for new environmental programs – The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management seeks comments to implement several new programs as directed by the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. OLEM is seeking information from a broad array of stakeholders about needed improvements to solid waste management systems (e.g., waste reduction, collection, sorting, processing, and end-markets for reuse and recycling). Deadline for comments is July 25, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Clean Water Act rule change - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on a proposed rule that would update the existing regulations to be more consistent with the statutory text of the 1972 Clean Water Act; to clarify, reinforce, and provide a measure of consistency with respect to elements of section 401 certification practice that have evolved over the 50 years since the 1971 Rule was promulgated; and to support an efficient and predictable certification process that is consistent with the water quality protection and cooperative federalism principles central to CWA section 401. Deadline for comments is August 8, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Education financial survey - The Institute of Educational Science seeks comments to collect data for the National Public Education Financial Survey 2022-2024. NPEFS provides function expenditures by salaries, benefits, purchased services, and supplies, and includes federal, state, and local revenues by source. NPEFS data are used for a wide variety of purposes, including to calculate federal program allocations such as states' “average per-pupil expenditure” for elementary and secondary education, certain formula grant programs. Deadline for comments is August 8, 2022. For more information, click here.
  • Library grants data - The Institute of Museum and Library Services seek comments on ongoing data collection for their Grants to States program. This action is to renew clearance of the Guidelines for IMLS Grants to States Five-Year Evaluation (2023-2027) for the next three years. Deadline for comments is August 9, 2022. For more information, click here.