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Information for Communities Requesting Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Funding for Water, Sewer, or Solid Waste Projects


2021 Funding Cycle Schedule

VSW Eligibility

Communities that meet one of the following are eligible for funding under the Village Safe Water (VSW) Act, AS 46.07:
  • a second class city;
  • a first class city with a population of less than 1,000; 
  • a home rule municipality with a population of less than 1,000;
  • the Metlakatla Indian Community;
  • a Native village council or traditional council serving a population between 25 and 1,000.

Planning Project Application PROCESS


Ensure your community is eligible

Carefully review the VSW Eligibility Requirements and the following CIP Planning Project Eligibility Criteria and make sure that your community will meet all the requirements before this year's application deadline.

CIP PLANNING PROJECT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
All VSW eligible communities are eligible to apply for one planning project, unless they have a VSW funded planning project already underway.

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.

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. Example community letter requesting planning funding

Complete and submit an application before the deadline

Complete the planning application by filling it out electronically through Adobe Acrobat or by printing and filling it out by hand. Planning Application 

There are two ways the application package can be submitted:
  1. Mail a paper application package, including all attachments, to VSW 
  2. 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 11:59 p.m. on March 12, 2021.

Construction Project Application PROCESS


Ensure your community is eligible

Carefully review the VSW Eligibility Requirements and the following CIP Construction Project Eligibility Criteria and make sure that your community will meet all the requirements before this year's application deadline.

CIP CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
To be eligible for CIP design and construction funding, communities must demonstrate a minimum level of capacity to operate and maintain their utilities in the long term. Capacity is assessed through the Operations and Maintenance Best Practices (O&M Best Practices) criteria. In all cases, communities must have a minimum of two (2) points in each of the Worker's Compensation Insurance and Payroll Liability Insurance Best Practices categories to be eligible for design and construction funding. In addition, they must meet the following:  

Served communities
are those where most homes having running water and sewer service. Served communities must have a minimum total score of 60 points for O&M Best Practices in the Spring 2021 score.

Unserved and underserved served communities
must have a current O&M Best Practices score of at least 35 points in the Spring 2021 score to be eligible for repair or replacement of core facilities that exceed their design life. Core facilities include the water source and transmission, water treatment plant/washeteria and associated storage, collection and treatment of wastewater from the washeteria, and honey bucket disposal. Construction projects to repair or replace core facilities will not change the level of service.

Unserved and underserved communities are also eligible for design funding for non-core facilities with a minimum O&M Best Practices score of 35, if they enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with technical assistance providers to improve capacity, as demonstrated by O&M Best Practices scores. Once the community achieves an O&M Best Practices score of 60, construction funding will be made available for non-core facilities.

Decentralized service project that provide individual wells and onsite wastewater systems to homes where the community will not be responsible for future operations and maintenance do not require a minimum O&M Best Practices score. 


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. Example community letter requesting construction funding

Complete and submit an application before the deadline

Complete the construction application by filling it out electronically through Adobe Acrobat or by printing and filling it out by hand. Construction Application

There are two ways the application package can be submitted:
  1. Mail a paper application package, including all attachments, to VSW
  2. 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 11:59 p.m. on May 7, 2021.

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