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CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT ANNOUNCES $30 MILLION GRANT FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY

3/24/20, March 24, 2020

For Immediate Release                         Contact: Michael J. McQuerry
March 24, 2020                                                   202-215-8524

 

PRESS STATEMENT

CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT ANNOUNCES $30 MILLION GRANT FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement regarding an important $30 million grant for the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority from FEMA to go towards management costs:

“Today, I am pleased to announce a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant is for $30,085,835.62 in federal funding to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority. This award provides federal funding for management costs. Management Costs are any indirect costs and administrative expenses that are reasonably incurred by a Grantee or subgrantee in administering a grant or subgrant award. Eligible management cost activities may include:

  • Solicitation, review, and processing of subapplications and subgrant awards;

  • Subapplication development and technical assistance to subapplicants regarding feasibility and effectiveness, BCA, and EHP documentation;

  • Geocoding mitigation projects identified for further review by FEMA;

  • Delivery of technical assistance (e.g., plan reviews, planning workshops, training) to support the implementation of mitigation activities;

  • Managing grants (e.g., quarterly reporting, closeout);

  • Technical monitoring (e.g., site visits, technical meetings);

  • Purchase of equipment and professional development that is directly related to the implementation of HMA programs.

“This important grant will benefit the Virgin Islands tremendously with our ongoing rebuilding efforts and making the Virgin Islands whole again after experiencing two devastating hurricanes. The United States government and the international community has an obligation to work with the affected local governments to restore infrastructure, provide critical humanitarian assistance, and help rebuild our islands.”

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