Hagåtña, Guam – Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio announce that Guam was awarded over $3 million in federal funding to upgrade services within the Government of Guam, local non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Interior under the Office of Insular Affairs’ (OIA) Discretionary Grant Programs.
“Improving efficiency, providing adequate training, and ensuring our government workers are equipped with the most up-to-date technology will benefit our entire island as we recover from the pandemic and beyond,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “We appreciate the commitment of our government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions, and their forward thinking and diligence with upgrading and improving critical services the people of Guam rely on.”
“Throughout these past few years, we have continued to strengthen our relationship with our federal partners at the Department of the Interior to secure funding that helps us meet the needs of our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio. “With this new funding, the people of Guam can expect more streamlined government services, improvements to critical infrastructure, upgrades to public safety, and much more.”
The 2022 TAP grants awarded to Guam include:
- $450,000 to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor for the Grants Management Training Program. The training aims at increasing the Government of Guam’s grant management capacity and enhancing the territory’s management capabilities.
- $239,693 to the Chamorro Land Trust Commission (CLTC) for the Enhancement of the CLTC Information Technology Infrastructure project. Funding will be used for scanning and digitization of existing records, development of a user interface web-based data system software, and design & development of the CLTC’s website.
- $185,301 to the Guam Ancestral Lands Commission (GLUC) for the IT Infrastructure Upgrade and Modernization Project. The project includes digitizing and maintaining historic land taking and compensation files, maps and other pertinent documents as received from original land owners and/or their heirs.
- $178,750 for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Public Safety Acquisition to Enhance Field Operations. Submitted by the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP), the funding will equip Guam’s public safety agencies with two UAVs or drones and a UAS to increase efficiency and effectiveness, respond to emergencies, and improve safety for law enforcement and first responders.
- $748,095 to Mañe’lu for the Micronesian Resource Center One Stop Shop. The One Stop Shop has become Guam’s premier resource to assist Compact of Free Association migrants as they transition to life on Guam. Funding will help provide culturally appropriate one-to-one case management, assist clients navigate government and nongovernment programs, conduct educational and informational workshops to assist clients learn about local laws and customs, and conduct weekly community outreach.
- $500,000 to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials for the Guam Interagency Business Process Improvement project. The program includes implementing strategies to support Guam DPHSS’s centralized grants management office, streamlining processes, and building capacity in the Government of Guam administrative agencies to implement continuous improvement projects.
- $74,040 to the Guam Community College (GCC) for the GCC Grant Writing, Fund Development, and Financial Management Training project. The program focuses on building financial capacity for GCC and providing grant writing and financial management training for employees from the Government of Guam and non-profit organizations.
- $49,468 to the University of Guam (UOG) for a Marine Resources Education project. The goal of the project is to provide training and support for teachers to create lessons on marine resources issues.
TAP grants are intended for short-term, non-capital projects with priorities dedicated to fostering development in the insular areas in accountability, financial management, economic development, education, capacity building, public safety/emergencies and health initiatives.
OIA also awarded over half a million dollars in Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) funding. The MAP funding supports maintenance and operations that extend the life of island infrastructure.
These awards include:
- $205,664 to the Department of Public Works for the Transportation Maintenance and Fleet Support program. Funding will provide much-needed upgrades and modernization of DPW’s maintenance repair facilities to meet the demands of its growing fleet of vehicles and equipment.
- $165,375 to the Port Authority of Guam for the Generator Maintenance and Sustainment Program. The project will support the critical infrastructure of the commercial seaport, as the generators will provide and ensure consistent operational backup power and prolong electricity to security systems to the Port facility during natural or man-made incidents where island power is affected.
- $130,500 to the Guam Waterworks Authority for the Operations and Maintenance Training Program. With the significant investment that GWA is making into upgrading and replacing its infrastructure, the Operations & Management Training will contribute to maximizing the useful life of the water and wastewater systems and overall sustainability of the utility.
- $75,000 to the Guam Veterans Affairs Office for the Guam Veterans Cemetery Specialized Equipment Purchase. The project will support the Guam Veterans Cemetery with equipment and supplies necessary for its upkeep and maintenance including bush cutters, brush trimmers, riding mower, a ground burial lowering device, and mausoleum.