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:

  • Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT)- The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. USDA plans to make $44.5 million available in fiscal year 2021. Of this amount, $10.2 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas.
    Eligible applicants include most state and local governmental entities, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. Deadline to apply is June 4, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/distance-learning-telemedicine-grants.
  • Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative (USDA-FSA Cooperative Agreement)- This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) seeks proposals to support and further expand Farm Service Agency (FSA)’s existing program outreach and education efforts to socially disadvantaged applicants (SDA), specifically farmers and ranchers. The mission of the Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers and ranchers through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. Deadline to apply is May 5, 2021. For more information, go to fsa.usda.gov/cooperativeagreements.
  • Corona Virus Food Assistance Program 2 - CFAP 2 provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible commodities include specialty crops, livestock, dairy, row crops, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops. The initial CFAP 2 signup ended on Dec. 11, 2020, but USDA will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning April 8, 2021. For more information, go to farmers.gov/cfap
  • American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations- The emergency relief grants provide up to $500,000 to cultural organizations and educational institutions to support humanities projects across the fields of education, preservation and access, public programming, digital humanities, and scholarly research for one year. Deadline to apply is May 14, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.neh.gov/program/american-rescue-plan-humanities-organizations 
  • American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grantmaking- The program is directed at experienced grantmaking organizations to administer competitive grantmaking programs to support humanities activities undertaken by organizations or individuals. Applicants proposing grantmaking programs for organizations may request up to $5 million; those aimed at individual humanities professionals may request up to $2 million. Deadline to apply is May 13, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.neh.gov/program/american-rescue-plan-humanities-grantmaking.
  • Energizing Insular Communities – Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs is accepting proposals for the Energizing Insular Communities program which provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that mitigate climate change, reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fuels, develop and utilize domestic energy sources, and improve the performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency in the territories. Local government entities, independent authorities, and educational institutions located in the U.S. territories are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332462.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program- The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants are Live venue operators or promoters; Theatrical producers; Live performing arts organization operators; Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria; etc. Program opened on April 8, 2021. Deadline is https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/shuttered-venue-operators-grant#section-header-1.
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program is one of the grant programs that constitute DHS/FEMA's focus on all-hazards emergency preparedness. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS. Among the goals noted in the DHS Strategic Plan, the EMPG program supports the goal to Strengthen Preparedness and Resilience. Deadline to apply is May 14, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331738.
  • Port Security Grant Program – The PSGP provides funds to state, local, and private sector maritime partners to support increased port-wide risk management and protect critical surface transportation infrastructure from acts of terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies. Among the five basic homeland security missions noted in the DHS Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, PSGP supports the goal to Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.Deadline to apply is May 14, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331739.
  • Build to Scale Program EDA’s Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship is committed to furthering technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies. To advance these goals, EDA awards grants through the Build to Scale Program for activities designed to develop and support regional innovation initiatives. Deadline to apply is April 29, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331671.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Jobs:

  • Soil Conservationist – The Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is accepting applications for a Soil Conservationist in Saipan. Responsibilities include carrying applying soil conservation practices in accordance with plan and contract schedules; and gathering and assembling data for all resource concerns for use in developing complete basic farm conservation plans. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/588884400.
  • Financial Specialist – The Transportation Security Administration is accepting applications for a Financial Specialist in Saipan. Duties include assisting in the planning, directing, evaluating, and integrating budget and financial activities within the airport environment; and making recommendations on budget and financial matters. Deadline to apply is April 8, 2021. For more information, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/596398500.

Public Comment:

  • Flexible-use license auction procedures - The Federal Communications Commission seeks comments on auction procedures of new flexible-use licenses in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band (the 3.45 GHz Service) designated as Auction 110. Deadline for comments is April 14, 2021. Deadline for reply comments is April 29, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Prevailing wage info - The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor seeks information on the sources of data and methodologies for determining prevailing wage levels covering employment opportunities that U.S. employers seek to fill with foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain employment-based immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 nonimmigrant visas. The information received in response to this RFI will inform and be considered by DoL as it reviews the final rule entitled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.” Deadline for comments is June 1, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program - The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security seeks comments on its semiannual regulatory agenda. This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of projected regulations, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. For the Marianas, this specifically touches on the implementation of the Guam-CNMI Via Waiver Program. Deadline for comments is April 30, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Critical habitat for coral - The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Commerce seeks comments on its semiannual regulatory agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide information to the public on regulations that are currently under review, being proposed, or issued by Commerce. For the Marianas, this specifically touches on the designation of critical habitat for threatened Indo-Pacific reef-building corals. The National Marine Fisheries Service has extended the deadline for comments to May 26, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • 2022 Census of Agriculture - The National Agricultural Statistics Service of the US Department of Agriculture seeks comments on information being collected (in the form of an agriculture questionnaire) for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. Deadline for comments is May 7, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Extension of Child Care report - The Office of Child Care, of the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks comments on the Administration for Children and Families’ request for a three-year extension of the form ACF-696: Child Care and Development Fund Quarterly Financial Report. Deadline for comments is April 23, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Water Quality Standards infoThe Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on an information collection extension for the Water Quality Standards Regulation (Renewal) to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval. Information collected is for implement water quality standards regulation. Deadline for comments is May 24, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Social Services report info expansion - The Office of Community Services, of the Department of Health and Human Services, seeks comments on the expansion of information being collected for the Social Services Block Grant Post-Expenditure Report, Pre-Expenditure Report, and Intended Use Plan. The Administration for Children and Families is proposing to expand the information collection to include the collection of states' Intended Use Plans and retitle the information collection to clarify the role of the Pre-Expenditure Report. Deadline for comments is April 15, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Wetland indicator status ratings - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on proposed changes to wetland indicator status ratings for five plant species in select regions and the addition of 22 new plant species to the National Wetland Plant List. The National Wetland Plant List provides plant species indicator status ratings, which are used in determining whether the hydrophytic vegetation factor is met when conducting wetland delineations under the Clean Water Act and wetland determinations under the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Deadline for comments is May 24, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Marine mammal research - The National Marine Fisheries Service seeks comments on a request from Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center for a Letter of Authorization to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in multiple specified geographical regions, over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Deadline for comments is April 21, 2021. For more information, click here.
  • Geographic overlay licensesThe Federal Communications Commission seeks comments on auction procedures for approximately 8,300 geographic overlay licenses in the 2.5 GHz band, designated as Auction 108. Deadline for comments is May 3, 2021. Deadline for reply comments is May 17, 2021. For more information, click here.