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

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

A note to those receiving or applying for federal grants during the COVID-19 crisis: The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may extend for up to 12 months certain grants set to expire between March 31 and December 31, 2020. OMB is also providing some deadline flexibility for grant applications. Check out these links for OMB’s March 9 and March 17 memo on these extensions.

Grants:

  • NEH Care: Cultural Organizations - NEH emergency relief grants provide up to $300,000 to cultural nonprofits to support a range of humanities activities across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research through December 31, 2020. Funding may be used for short-term activities that emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff at cultural organizations across the country to maintain or adapt critical programs during the pandemic. Closing date is May 11, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.neh.gov/program/neh-cares-cultural-organizations.
  • Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) – The Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants provide financial assistance to help fire departments increase frontline firefighters. SAFER offers grants to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Closing date is May 15, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326125.
  • Traditional Conservation Grants – The objective of the Traditional Conservation Grant program is to support the development and implementation of programs to conserve and recover threated and endangered species. Financial assistance, provided in the form of grants, can be used to support projects that have direct conservation benefits for federally listed species, candidate and at-risk species, and recently delisted species. Closing date is July 6, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326053.
  • Recovery Challenge – The Recovery Challenge aims to enhance and increase partnerships with agencies and organizations implementing highest priority recovery actions for federally listed endangered and threatened species, and in particular for genetically-sound breeding, rearing and reintroduction programs. Closing date is June 4, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326041.
  • Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program - The Administration on Children, Youth and are now accepting mandatory formula grant applications and State Plans from states and territories for the development of and implementation for Title V State Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program. The Title V State SRAE Funding Opportunity Announcement sets forth the application requirements for the receipt of the following documents from applicants and awardees: Application, State Plan, and Performance Progress Report. Deadline for comments is May 24, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Source Reduction Assistance Grant ProgramEPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance agreements that support research, investigation, study, demonstration, education and training using source reduction approaches. Closing date is April 30, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325091.
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund – The National Park Service provides matching grants to states and through states to local governments for the acquisition and development of lands and waters for outdoor recreation purposes. Closing date is April 30, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325093.
  • Housing Preservation Grant- Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Closing date is May 7, 2020. For more information, go to https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDARD/bulletins/283071b.
  • 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.
  • National Fish Passage Program – The National Fish Passage Program is a voluntary program that provides direct technical and financial assistance to partners to provide fish (and other aquatic organisms) passage and restore aquatic connectivity for the benefit of federal trust resources. The program aims to maintain or increase fish populations in order to improve ecosystem resiliency and to provide quality fishing experiences for the American people. Closing date is September 30, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321478.
  • EDA Disaster Supplemental The Economic Development Administration Economic Adjustment Assistance program will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety projects to address economic challenges in areas where a declaration of a major disaster was issued, including Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut. Inclusion of resilience principles in the project is a necessary step to improve the capacity of the region to recover more quickly from future disaster events. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. For more information go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319126.
  • Sport Fish Restoration Grant – The Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program provides funding to restore, conserve, manage, or enhance sport fish populations and the public use and benefits from these resources; to educate the public about aquatic resources; and to provide boating access to public waters. Closing date for applications is August 31, 2020. For more information, click here.

Public Comment:

  • Fishery data - The  National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposal to collect information about fishing expenses and catch distribution for the Mariana Archipelago small boat-based reef fish, bottomfish, and pelagics fisheries with which to conduct economic analyses that will improve fishery management in those fisheries; and quantify achievement of the performances measures in the NMFS Strategic Operating Plans. These data will be used to assess how fishermen will be impacted by and respond to regulations likely to be considered by fishery managers. Deadline for comments is July 23, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver data - U.S. Customs and Border Protection seeks comments on an extension of an existing collection of information. The information pertains to Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver. Several elements have been added to the Form I-736. Updates are necessary to be able to automate Form I-736 (required upon arrival at the Guam or CNMI Ports-of-Entry) Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Information that is use in compliance with the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The new data elements are: the foreign passport type, social media identifier, valid email address, and social media provider/platform. The automation will facilitate CBP to gather information on travelers from Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program countries to determine their admissibility to enter Guam or the CNMI. Deadline for comments is August 21, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • SRAE Program data - The Administration on Children, Youth and Families seeks comments on a proposed information collection for the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program. Deadline for comments is June 30, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Marine mammals and testing - National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a proposal to issue regulations and subsequent Letters of Authorization to the Navy to incidentally take marine mammals during training and testing activities conducted in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area. Deadline for comments is July 17 ,2020. For more information, click here.
  • IDEA waivers - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services seeks comments on the Department of Education’s proposal for requirements and a definition for waivers under section 609 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The purpose of these waivers is to increase the time and resources available for instruction and other activities aimed at improving educational and functional results for children with disabilities. Deadline for comments is August 19, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • National Healthcare Safety Network data - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks comment on the CDC's data collection for the National Healthcare Safety Network, a public health surveillance system that collects, analyzes, reports, and makes available data for monitoring, measuring, and responding to healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial use and resistance, blood transfusion safety events, and the extent to which healthcare facilities adhere to infection prevention practices and antimicrobial stewardship. Deadline for comments is August 14, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Immigration proposals - The Executive Office for Immigration Review seeks comments on a proposal to amend the regulations governing credible fear determinations so that individuals found to have such a fear will have their claims for asylum, withholding of removal under section 241(b)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or protection under the regulations issued pursuant to the legislation implementing the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adjudicated by an immigration judge within the Executive Office for Immigration Review in streamlined proceedings (rather than in proceedings under section 240 of the Act), and to specify what standard of review applies in such streamlined proceedings. The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security further propose changes to the regulations regarding asylum, statutory withholding of removal, and withholding and deferral of removal under the CAT regulations. Deadline for comment is July 15, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • STOP Formula Grant Program data - Office on Violence Against Women seeks comments on a continuation of information being collected for the Prison Rape Elimination Act for Applicants to the STOP Formula Grant Program. Deadline for comments is July 17, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Medicare hospital IPPS - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments on proposed revisions to Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2021 and to implement certain recent legislation. Deadline for comments is July 10, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Asbestos Abatement Worker Protection data - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on an Information Collection Request regarding Asbestos Abatement Worker Protection. Deadline for comments is July 20, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Land Remote Sensing Policy Act updates - National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service seeks comments on a final rule regarding updates of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992. The last time it was updated was 2006. The U.S. Department of Commerce is now substantially revising those regulations to reflect significant changes in the space-based remote sensing industry since that time and to modernize its regulatory approach. Changes take effect July 20, 2020. Deadline for comments is June 19, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Micro-Grants for Food Security Program data - The Agricultural Marketing Service of the US Department of Agriculture seeks comments on and information collection for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program. Due to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, AMS Grants Division is implementing this new grant program under section 4206, which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to “distribute funds to the agricultural department or agency of each eligible state for the competitive distribution of subgrants to eligible entities for fiscal year 2019 and each fiscal year thereafter.” Deadline for comments is July 27, 2020. For more information, click here.