Climate Change Adaptation a Strategic Priority for FY2016 Technical Assistance Funding through Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs

In October 2015, the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced that for fiscal year 2016 climate change adaptation planning, assessment, and implementation was to receive the highest priority for OIA technical assistance program (TAP) funding. OIA accepted TAP applications for climate adaptation focused projects for FY 2016 only. OIA TAP funding for FY 2017 is no longer climate focused. Information on both years funding priorities can be found through the website under CFDA #15.875.

The “Synopsis 2” funding scenario expressed for 2017 funding was updated as of December 20, 2016 with the removal of the climate change focus, and addition of “disaster assistance.”

The news release for the OIA climate funding described this: In 2015, the Office of Insular Affairs agreed to mainstream and integrate climate change adaptation strategies into its own operations and budget, with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, with other federal agencies, and with insular area governments. In order to achieve this objective, the Office planned to modify relevant grant programs to ensure that climate change is a priority or taken into account in the awarding of funds, and to work with DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and Climate Change Science Centers in the Pacific and Caribbean, and with other federal agencies to improve federal coordination on climate change initiatives in the insular areas, including support to insular area governments on the development and/or implementation of vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation plans.


The U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, coordinates federal policy for the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and administers U.S. federal assistance to the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.


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Publication Date: October 2015

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