Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Office of the Secretary Washington, D.C. 20240
NOV 07 2003
TO: Solicitor Inspector General Assistant Secretaries Bureau and Office Heads
FROM: Nina Rose Hatfield /s/ Deputy Assistant Secretary – Budget and Finance
SUBJECT: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (GRANTS): GRANTS.GOV FIND AND STANDARD ANNOUNCEMENT FORMAT - FINAL POLICY
Interim Grants.govFIND policy was issued Departmentwide by memorandum dated September 15, 2003. The attached final Grants.govFIND policy supersedes the previously issued interim policy.
Grants.gov FIND is the single point of entry for Federal government grant and assistance opportunities. It is authorized under the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999, Public Law 106-107, and the E-Gov initiative of the President's Management Agenda. The purpose of the Grants.gov FIND module is to provide potential applicants with:
1. Enough information about any funding opportunity to decide whether they are interested in viewing the full announcement; 2. Information on one or more ways to obtain the full announcement (e.g., an Internet site, e-mail address or telephone number); and 3. One common Web site for all Federal financial assistance opportunities searchable by key word, date, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number or specific agency name.
As of October 1, 2003, all Federal grant-making agencies were required to participate in this significant endeavor. Applicants may access Grants.gov where they may find announcement information and apply for assistance electronically. Bureaus may continue to provide announcement information through other avenues as appropriate, but must also provide information through Grants.gov FIND in the proper format. For your convenience, the updated Grants.gov FIND User Guide and Federal Register notices are attached. The use of Grants.gov FIND for mandatory program announcements is optional, but encouraged.
Changes from the interim policy dated September 15, 2003, include:
1. The URL for Grants.gov FIND has changed from www.FedGrants.gov to www.Grants.gov; 2. Bureaus/offices may either post the full announcement on their web site and provide a URL link from the Grants.gov FIND synopsis; post the full announcement on Grants.gov FIND; or do both; 3. The exceptions for announcing a grant or cooperative agreement program in Grants.gov FIND have been clarified and changed; and 4. Guidance for programs that are not required to have a Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number.
A revised Grants.govFIND Standard Format and Data Elements Policy Guide, based on the Controller, Office of Management and Budget's memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies regarding the standard format and data elements for use with Grants.govFIND is provided in Appendix A.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Debra Sonderman, Director, Office of Acquisition and Property Management (PAM) on 202-208-6352. Members of your staff may contact Tammy Pataluna, PAM, on 202-208-4080.