The US Interior Department is releasing more than $US9.5 million dollars in grant funding this year for capital improvement projects to bolster transportation, education and health projects.
It will also provide critical infrastructure and maintenance funds.
The Interior assistant secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia'aina, said this year's projects reflect the hard work of Governor Lolo Moliga and his Administration in prioritising critical infrastructure and maintenance projects.
$1.7 million dollars is earmarked for the overhaul of hull and machinery on two of three tug boats; $1.2 million for construction of a new two-story building with ten classrooms for Samoana High School; and $1.7 million for renovation of the existing Labor, Delivery, and Operating Room Suite at the LBJ hospital.
There is also money for new school buses to alleviate current overloading and $1 million to implement maintenance and repairs at public schools.