Economic, Social, and Political Development of the Territories

To promote greater self-sufficiency through the social, economic, and political development of the U.S.

territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


Examples of Funded Projects

Operational support to the American Samoa Government and grants for the construction of basic infrastructure including roads, water systems, power, sewer, schools, and hospitals.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Commonwealth Of The Northern Mariana Islands $ 350,000   2008-07-182030-06-03
American Samoa Government $ 18,494   2020-09-142025-09-30
Education, Hawaii Department Of $ 3,777,440   2020-09-142025-09-30
Government Of Guam- Department Of Administration $ 2,000,000   2020-03-112025-09-30
American Samoa Shipyard Servi Ces Authority $ 3,250,000   2018-01-012025-09-30
American Samoa Government $ 1,640,000   2020-04-012025-03-31
American Samoa Shipyard Servi Ces Authority $ 0   2020-04-012025-03-31
American Samoa Government $ 1,250,000   2020-02-032025-01-31
American Samoa Government $ 700,000   2020-02-032025-01-31
American Samoa Government $ 700,000   2020-02-032025-01-31

Program Accomplishments

OIA financial assistance has enabled the U.S. territories to develop economically, socially, and politically thereby fostering their self-sufficiency.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance is limited to the U. S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as well as to organizations whose missions directly benefit these four territories.

A notable exception is Compact Impact aid to Hawaii which is mandated by Public Law 108-188.

Grant funds are provided for capital improvements, government operations, and technical assistance activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are the U.S.

territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as organizations whose missions directly benefit these four territories.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


Costs will be determined in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Section 12.62, identifies Federal cost principles for determining allowable costs.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102, OMB Circular No.

A-110, and E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications for technical assistance grants may be submitted at any time. Directed assistance application procedures, which make up the majority of the Office of Insular Affairs' (OIA) financial assistance, vary depending on the purpose of the funding. For capital improvement funds, call letters are sent out annually requesting spending plans from the 4 U.S. territories while government operations awards are made automatically once the funds are appropriated by the U.S. Congress. Direct payments are provided in accordance with laws and reports for Virgin Islands Rum Excise Tax advances and Guam Section 30 Income Tax Collection advances.

Award Procedures

A grant award is made to each territorial government entity in the specific amounts and for the specific purposes set forth in the annual Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriation Act signed by the President.




The Guam Organic Act, 64 Stat. 384, 48 U.S.C. 1421 et. seq., Act of February 20, 1929, 48 U.S.C. 1661; Executive Order 10264; Public Law 83-517, 48 U.S.C. et. seq.; Public Law 94-241, Public Law 104-134, Public Law 108-188.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There are no formula requirements. The majority of OIA's financial assistance programs do not have a matching requirement. The two exceptions are the American Samoa Operations and Maintenance Set-Aside Program, which has a 50% local match requirement, and OIA's Operations and Maintenance Improvement Program (OMIP). However, OMIP match requirements are left to the discretion of the grant manager and may be waived should the application warrant it.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance for OIA grants is dependent on the activity to be funded and is specified in the grant terms and conditions. Payments are generally made through wire transfer arrangements.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports that are required by 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," must be submitted on a timely basis as specified in the grant terms and conditions.

Final reports are due within 90 days of grant completion or termination.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003) "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. Grants are also subject to inspection and audit by Interior's Office of the Inspector General, OIA staff, or any other authorized representative of the Federal government.


Record retention requirements are the same as those contained in 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments."

Financial Information

Account Identification

Account Identification: 14-0412-0-1-806;


FY 07 $225,892,000; FY 08 est $223,475,000; and FY 09 est $209,621,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

OIA financial assistance awards range from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

The Budget and Grants Management Division or the Technical Assistance Division, Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 208-6971 and Fax: (202) 208-7585.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following consideration will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Directed appropriations, (2) Availability of funds; and (3) Relevance to program priorities.

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