Grants Now Open to U.S. Insular Areas Under Coral Reef and Natural Resources Initiative

Priority on Eradication of Plant, Insect, and Animal Invasive Species

3/14/2019
Last edited 11/30/2020

Tanya Harris Joshua 202-208-6008

Tanya_Joshua@ios.doi.gov

WASHINGTON – Doug Domenech, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, today announced the Coral Reef and Natural Resources (CRNR) Initiative open for applications from the U.S. Insular Areas. The goal of the CRNR Initiative is to improve the health of coral reef ecosystems and other natural resources in the U.S. insular areas for their long-term economic and social benefit. Priority will be given to projects that help the insular areas address threats to coral reef ecosystems and eradicate aquatic and terrestrial plant, insect, and animal invasive species.

“Acting Secretary Bernhardt and I are committed to protecting the natural resources of the insular areas in line with the mission of the Department,” said Assistant Secretary Domenech. “We have prioritized the eradication of invasive species, fulfilling requirements under S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, signed yesterday by President Donald J. Trump. This bipartisan public lands bill requires federal agencies to protect water, oceans, coasts, and wildlife from invasive species and to achieve an annual net reduction in invasive species, by reducing either their populations or their areas of infestation.”

Applications for 2019 funding are encouraged and will be considered from insular government entities, educational institutions, or non-profit organizations whose grant proposals directly benefit the four U.S. territories or three freely associated states, in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2019. Visit grants.gov and use CFDA# 15.875.

The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs 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 supports the Secretary's mission of Fulfilling Trust and Insular Responsibilities through balancing efforts and limited resources towards stronger economic and health capacities, and fiscal accountability in the U.S. insular areas.

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