Amata Welcomes $1.5 Million DOT Storm Gita Grant, and Other Grants This Week

September 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a federal Department of Transportation grant of $1.5 million for road projects tied to Storm Gita damages.

“These federal funds help our Territory’s efforts to continue to rebuild from our major storm last year,” said Aumua Amata. “I want to specially thank Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the Department for this discretionary grant.”

“This administration is providing federal funding to help repair roads and bridges damaged during natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires, floods and earthquakes,” said Secretary Chao.

This discretionary grant of $1,500,000 is through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and designated for the American Samoa Department of Public Works. The DOT prioritized these funds because of Cyclone Gita’s damages to roadways, shoulders, culverts, and pavement.

Congresswoman Amata with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
Congresswoman Amata with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the DOT


“I want to congratulate the Department of Public Works, especially Director Faleosina Voigt, and everyone involved in these efforts to restore our island fully,” continued Congresswoman Amata.

Opioids Health Grant: In additional grant news this week, the US. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $250,000 for American Samoa. On Wednesday, President Trump and Secretary Alex Azar made the national announcement of $1.8 billion in grants throughout the country to battle the opioid crisis. The funds are through the State Opioid Response program, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The effort stems from a five-point strategy to combat the opioids crisis rolled out in early 2017.

Land & Water Conservation Grant: On Thursday, the Department of Interior announced $100,000 for American Samoa in a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant. LWCF funds are non-taxpayer dollars awarded through federal matching grants administered by the National Park Service. The LWCF’s mission is to ensure public access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generations, including outdoor recreation areas for public use and enjoyment.

NOAA Grant: A grant announced this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration includes American Samoa in its services. This $371,905 project for Hawaii to develop a climate resilient coral restoration plan, identify sites for active coral restoration and implement local coral restoration specifies workshops, training, technical assistance and learning exchanges for a manager involved in the effort in American Samoa.