WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) has announced $1,240,411 in fiscal year 2023 Coral Reef and Natural Resources Program (CRNR) grant funding that will go towards combatting invasive species in the territories and the freely associated states. This amount supplements the $1,432,994 million recently announced for coral reef management and protection.
“Invasive species are disruptive and destabilizing to eco-systems in the islands in ways that threaten food sources and the livelihoods of people in these areas,” said Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Carmen G. Cantor. “Combatting invasive species and mitigating their threat is a priority throughout the Insular Areas. We are pleased to provide this support.”
Projects and programs directed towards combatting invasive species in the Insular Areas through the Coral Reef and Natural Resources program in fiscal year 2023 include:
American Samoa - $486,628
Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) - $299,978
Micronesia Regional Invasive Species Council (RISC) - $235,020
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) - $218,785
CRNR is a discretionary program and may only provide funding for needs and training related to coral reef resource management and combatting invasive species in the Insular Areas. Other similar discretionary programs funded by OIA are the recently announced Maintenance Assistance Program and the Technical Assistance Program, portions of which were announced by Secretary Haaland on her recent trip to the Pacific.
Funds under the discretionary programs described above are distributed following a competitive grant application process that is open for applications each year in October on grants.gov under CFDA 15.875. More information about these and other funding provided to the Insular Areas through OIA may be found at www.doi.gov/oia.
The Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. OIA also administers a discretionary Technical Assistance Program for all the Insular Areas.