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Information for Communities Requesting Capital Funding for Water, Sewer or Solid Waste Projects

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Application deadline is May 10, 2019
Applications can be submitted in paper by mail or in person, or by email.


The State of Alaska is currently engaged in planning, research and development to identify the most feasible way of providing running water and sewer to homes in villages where these services are still not provided. Unsolicited planning project requests related to providing first time water and sewer service in unserved communities are not being considered at this time.

Starting in 2019, scoring criteria for planning projects will include points for Best Practices score. See the scoring criteria for details.

To be eligible for construction funding:

Served communities must have a current minimum total score of sixty (60) points for Operation & Maintenance Best Practices. In addition, served communities must have a minimum of two (2) points in each of the Worker's Compensation Insurance and Payroll Liability Insurance Best Practices categories. 

Unserved and underserved served communities must have a current Operation & Maintenance Best Practices score of at least 35 points. In addition, unserved and underserved communities must have a minimum of 2 points each in the Worker’s Compensation Insurance and Payroll Liability Insurance Best Practices categories. 

If an unserved or underserved community that is eligible to apply for funding (see above) which does not have a Best Practices score of at least 60/2/2, has a project that scores high enough to be placed on the Multi-Year Priority List (MYPL), the community will be required to a sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with technical assistance providers to improve their Best Practices score. Initial funding for design will be made available when the MOA is signed, but funding for construction will be delayed until the Best Practices score improves.


Planning Project Application: 3 Steps

Ensure your community is eligible

Carefully review the Eligibility Requirements, and make sure that your community meets, or will meet, all the requirements before this year's application deadline: Information about Village Safe Water Planning Applications (PDF)

Prepare and sign a letter from the community requesting the project.
The letter should include both the name and the estimated cost of the construction project being requested. An example of a request letter can be found here: Example community letter requesting planning funding.pdf (PDF)

Complete and Submit the Application Package before Deadline

PDF versions of the application: 


There are THREE WAYS the application package can be submitted:

  1. In person - Drop off a paper application package, including all attachments, at the VSW Program office in Anchorage
  2. Mail a paper application package, including all attachments, to the VSW office
  3. Email a scanned copy of the application and all attachments to the following email address: dec.vswfunding@alaska.gov

Faxes will not be accepted.
Applications and all required attachments must be received by VSW before 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2019.

Construction Project Application: 3 Steps

Ensure your community is eligible

Carefully review the Eligibility Requirements, and make sure that your community meets, or will meet, all the requirements before this year's application deadline: Application Instructions for Construction Projects (PDF)

Prepare and sign a letter from the community requesting the project.  
The letter should include both the name and the cost of the planning project being requested. An example of a request letter can be found here: Example community letter requesting construction funding (PDF)

Complete and Submit the Application Package before Deadline

PDF versions of the application: 


There are THREE WAYS the application package can be submitted:

  1. In person - Drop off a paper application package, including all attachments, at the VSW Program office in Anchorage
  2. Mail a paper application package, including all attachments, to the VSW office
  3. Email a scanned copy of the application and all attachments to the following email address: dec.vswfunding@alaska.gov

Faxes will not be accepted.
Applications and all required attachments must be received by VSW before 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2019.

Useful Links

Additional information about this year's VSW Capital Improvement Project application process can be obtained at the following sites:

BOTH Planning AND Construction Projects


Planning Projects ONLY:


Construction Projects ONLY:

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