Alaska Clean Water Actions FY18 Grant Application NOW CLOSED

State of Alaska - Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) - Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Solicitation

Solicitation Information

DEC is soliciting grant proposals to address water quality issues in Alaska. The grant period is for State Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Some projects have been identified as 2-year projects (FY18 and FY19). This will allow the grant applicant to submit a single proposal for a multi-year project. Although the award for the FY19 project will not be officially decided until the FY19 grant cycle, the proposal will not need to be resubmitted.

We are soliciting grant proposals for projects that will address the following priorities:

  1. Statewide or Area-wide Stewardship Actions. (Appendix C)
  2. Waterbody Specific Actions (Appendix D)

The deadline for applications is 5:00PM, February 15th, 2017. All proposals must use the online application system.

How can we submit an application and get more information? Applications should be submitted online using the link at the bottom of this page, or you can contact a DEC staff member listed below under technical contacts if you do not have internet access.

For more information: A webinar will be held on January 25, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to answer any questions. To see the presentation, click on the link to join the Skype meeting or open a pdf of the presentation here. For audio, call 1-800-315-6338 and enter code # 30662.

Background

The Alaska’s Clean Water Actions (ACWA) was established by the Governor's office and Alaska's resource agencies to prioritize waterbodies for appropriate stewardship actions and to better coordinate resources and agency efforts to protect and restore these waterbodies. The State agencies involved are the Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Natural Resources (DNR), and Fish and Game (F&G). The ACWA grant solicitation is only one of many activities which are undertaken individually and jointly by these state resource agencies in support of maintaining the integrity of Alaska’s water resources.

Note: Applicants can fill out one application that will be evaluated for possible funding from multiple funding sources. The funding sources and the approximate anticipated funding available for FY18 are shown below. All awards are subject to appropriation and availability of funding. Additional detail regarding the funding sources and eligibility can be found in Appendix B.

Funding Source Estimated Amount Available(in thousands)
ADEC BEACH Grant $95.0
ADEC Clean Water Act funding $300.0
Clean Vessel Act funding $50.0

ACWA Priorities:

You can apply for grant funds from any of the above funding sources using this application, provided that your project addresses ACWA priority issues identified in Appendices C and D. ACWA's goal is to support projects that lead to local stewardship of waters, the recovery of polluted waterbodies, and the protection and maintenance of waterbodies at risk of degradation.

Priority Stewardship Projects

Appendix C lists the priority stewardship actions and Clean Vessel Acting funding opportunities. Stewardship proposals may relate to a specific waterbody or to a broader regional area. These stewardship projects closely align with the goals set forth in Alaska Nonpoint Source Control Strategy (2016-2020) and Alaska Clean Water Five Year Strategic Plan (2016-2020).

Priority Waterbody Projects

Appendix D lists the ACWA priority waters and associated actions identified as priorities for this solicitation. When applying for grants for ACWA priority waters, only project proposals addressing the actions listed in Appendix D will be considered. Proposals that do not address these priorities will not be forwarded to the review committee for consideration.

Appendix D also contains actions for DEC-identified marine beaches. For additional information on the BEACH program, see: www.dec.state.ak.us/water/wqsar/wqs/beachprogram.htm. The table below lists the priority of funding for beach projects:

Funding Priority Beach Area
1 Nome
2 Kenai
3 Ketchikan

Proposals

All project proposals must be submitted on-line using the Division of Water's Online Application System (OASys). If you do not have internet access, contact the staff listed below for other options. Please fill out all sections of this application. Only complete applications that are received on time will be considered. Use a separate application form for each project unless the waterbody specifically states that multiple waters may be addressed. Failure to separate projects will result in your application being considered non-responsive. Please note the space limitations and be as concise as possible in describing your project. This application form includes a description of the evaluation criteria for each element that will be used in scoring. Please review the criteria to ensure they are addressed in your application.

See Appendix B summarizing the funding sources, general eligibility requirements, and match requirements.

Proposal Review Process

DEC staff will conduct a preliminary evaluation of all the applications to assure proposals meet the basic threshold requirements listed in Appendix E. Proposals that do not meet minimum requirements will not be forwarded to the review committee for consideration. The review committee will consist of representatives from each participating resource agency. Each representative will individually score the eligible proposals and then the review committee will meet to consolidate scores and make recommendations for project funding. The funding agencies will make the grant award decisions, which are final. The agency who administers the grant funds will manage the selected projects.

Proposal Deadline

Proposals must be submitted using the online application unless other arrangements have been made. Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 pm, February 15th, 2017. A hard copy of the proposal is NOT required.

Technical contacts:
Department of Environmental Conservation - Nonpoint Source Program
Northern/Interior Chandra McGee 907-451-2140 chandra.mcgee@alaska.gov
Matsu, Western Laura Eldred 907-376-1855 laura.eldred@alaska.gov
Kenai, Anchorage Jeanne Swartz 907-269-7523 jeanne.swartz@alaska.gov
Southeast Gretchen Pikul 907-465-5023 gretchen.pikul@alaska.gov
Department of Environmental Conservation - BEACH Grant
Statewide Gretchen Pikul 907-465-5023 gretchen.pikul@alaska.gov
Department of Environmental Conservation - Grants Administrator
Statewide Jennifer Pennington 907-269-7598 jennifer.pennington@alaska.gov
Department of Fish and Game
Statewide Jarrod Sowa 907-465-8493 jarrod.sowa@alaska.gov
Department of Natural Resources
Statewide David Schade 907-269-8645 david.w.schade@alaska.gov

NOTE: Please review the ACWA Grant Online Application Step by Step document before proceeding to fill out the online application.