The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Technical Assistance Program (TAP) announced $884,978 in fiscal year 2020 grant funding, to support students from the U.S. territories and freely associated states.
“This funding will provide important opportunities to high school students with important civic-education opportunities through the Close Up Foundation, and also provide important fellowships for strengthening management of natural resources throughout the Micronesia region,” said Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech.
Fiscal year 2020 Technical Assistance Program grant funding totaling $884,978 will be provided to support student civic-education programs and capacity development for students studying natural resource management and related careers in the U.S. territories and freely associated states as follows:
- Close Up Foundation – $672,978 will be used to support the Close Up Insular Area Program, which provides civic education programs about government for students and teachers from the U.S. territories and the freely associated states who plan to visit the Washington, D.C., area in the summer of 2021. A portion of the funds will support virtual learning programs instituted since the coronavirus pandemic and professional development for teachers. The Close Up Foundation, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, manages this program for students from the insular areas.
- Micronesia Conservation Trust – $212,000 will be used to support graduate students from the Micronesia region who are pursuing degrees in resources management and related degrees. These students will be assigned to carry out a project with a host agency in either of the Micronesia Conservation Trust entities, which are the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Funds will also support Micronesia Challenge Young Champions, which provides undergraduate students working with organizations focused on conservation of natural resources. The goal is to encourage and support new and emerging leaders for resource management efforts in the Micronesia region.
The OIA Technical Assistance Program is made available each year by Congress to support priorities in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. For more information on grant assistance provided through OIA, please visit: https://www.doi.gov/oia/financial-assistance.
(News Release from the Department of the Interior)