TAP grants are intended for short-term, non-capital projects and are not meant to supplant local funding of routine operating expenses of an insular area government. TAP priorities include, but are not limited to projects which foster development of the insular areas in the following areas: accountability; financial management; economic development; education; energy production; management control initiatives; disaster assistance; natural and cultural resources; capacity building; public safety/emergencies; health initiatives; and invasive species management. TAP grants are available for any of the four U.S. territories and the three freely associated states. Funding for TAP is appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

TAP Application Instructions

Find out more about OIA Technical Assistance Programs and more in this OIA Conversation with Ms. Charlene Leizear.

Charlene Leizear, TAP Director photo

COVID-19 Funding - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136 (March 26, 2020), made $55 million in emergency relief funding available through the OIA TAP program for the U.S. territories and the freely associated states to prepare, prevent, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.


MAP grants are used to promote and develop insular institutions and capabilities that improve the operation and maintenance of infrastructure in the island areas. MAP can require a matching contribution from the insular area government. The MAP grant is available to the four U.S. territories and the three freely associated states. Funding for MAP is appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

MAP Application Instructions


The BTS Control program is a combination research and operational program designed to prevent the dispersal of BTS from Guam to other vulnerable geographic areas in the Micronesia region including Hawaii and to ultimately eradicate existing or newly established BTS populations in U.S. areas.

It is a cooperative effort involving primarily the Office of Insular Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services; the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Governments of Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Funding for BTS is appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

BTS Application Instructions



The CRNR Initiative provides grant funding for management and protection of coral reefs and to combat invasive species in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states, in order to improve the health of coral reef ecosystems and other natural resources for long-term economic and social benefit.

CRNR Application Instructions


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. OIA uses the following criteria in evaluating proposals:

  • the size of reduction in a territory’s dependence on off-island fuels;
  • the size of reduction in cost of electricity in the territory; and
  • the degree to which the proposal is identified and supported in the territory’s Strategic Energy Plan and/or Energy Action Plan

Funding for EIC is appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

EIC Application Instructions

EIC Grants Awarded in FY 2021

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