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:

  • Citizenship Instruction and Natulization Application Services- This grant opportunity will fund up to 33 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. Closing date is August 31, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327875.
  • Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of $40 million in Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants to expand community colleges’ ability to meet labor market demand for a skilled workforce. Closing date is October 08, 2020. For more information, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327958
  • EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance - EDA’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://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/05/us-department-commerce-announces-availability-15-billion-cares-act.
  • 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:

  • ESSE Relief Fund questionnaire - The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks comments on information collected for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Specifically, the office seeks public comments on six “directed questions” about the relief fund which can be found at the link at the end of this posting. Deadline for comments is September 28, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • GEER Relief Fund questionnaire - The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks comments on information collected for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund. Specifically, the office seeks public comments on four “directed questions” about the relief fund which can be found at the link at the end of this posting. Deadline for comments is September 28, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • PREP data – The Family and Youth Services Bureau seeks comments on information being collected for the State Personal Responsibility Education Program. Deadline for comments is September 28, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Stormwater grants formula input - The Environmental Protection Agency seeks comments on a formula to be established for the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants Program as required by the Clean Water Act.  EPA is required to establish a formula to allocate proportional shares of the amount appropriated to state entities to fund actions that will help manage combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows, and stormwater. Deadline for comments is September 3, 2020. For more information, click here.
  • Disability discrimination - The Department of Defense seeks comments on a proposal to amend its regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from, or conducted by, DoD. Deadline for comments is September 14, 2020. For more click here.
  • Quarterly federal returns - The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on obtaining information on employer's quarterly federal tax return, adjusted employer's quarterly federal tax return or claim for refund, allocation schedule for aggregated filers and employer credit for qualified sick and family leave wages. Deadline for comments is September 14, 2020. For more click here.
  • Business loan programs - The Rural Business-Cooperative Service seeks comments on a proposal for  a unified guaranteed loan platform for enhanced delivery of four of its existing guaranteed loan programs: Community Facilities administered by the Rural Housing Service; Water and Waste Disposal administered by the Rural Utilities Service; and, Business and Industry and Rural Energy for America administered by the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. Collectively, these four Rural Development's guaranteed loan programs work to assist in building and maintaining sustainable rural communities. This rule incorporates new and revised provisions intended to simplify, improve, expand and enhance the delivery of the four guaranteed loan programs. Deadline for comments is September 14, 2020. For more click here.
  • Renal disease payment system - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments on a proposed rule that would update and revise the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System for calendar year CY2021. This rule also proposes to update the payment rate for renal dialysis services furnished by an ESRD facility to individuals with acute kidney injury. Deadline for comments is September 4, 2020. For more click here.