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Alaska Clean Water Actions 2019-2020 Grant Application - Now Closed

Next Solicitation expected Fall 2020.

Start the ACWA FY2019-2020 Grant on-line using the Division of Water's Online Application System (OASys).

Solicitation Information

DEC is soliciting grant proposals to address water quality issues in Alaska.

DEC has a new grant calendar (PDF)

The grant period is for two calendar years, beginning on or around March 2019 and ending February 28, 2021. Project proposals may be less than two years, but must be implemented during this time period. Because DEC is soliciting for two year projects, there will not be another full solicitation until fall of 2020. (There may be additional limited waterbody specific solicitations on an as-needed basis that would occur during this grant period).

We are soliciting grant proposals for projects that will address waterbody specific, stewardship (statewide or regional) and marine beach actions for priorities previously identified in our strategic planning documents.

Solicited Actions (PDF)

The deadline for applications is 5:00PM, November 5, 2018.

How can we submit an application and get more information?Applications should be submitted online using the link at the top 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 October 16, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. to answer any questions. For audio, use the teleconference line: 1-800-315-6338; code: 12407# (do not use Skype audio). If you cannot connect to the presentation using Skype, you can follow along with a PDF of the presentation (PDF).


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 2019-2020 are shown below. All awards are subject to appropriation and availability of funding. Additional detail regarding the funding sources and eligibility can be found inAppendix B (PDF).

Funding Source Estimated Amount Available(in thousands)
ADEC BEACH Grant $200.0
ADEC Clean Water Act funding $600.0

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 inAppendices C-D (PDF). 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.

Solicited Actions

Appendix C-D (PDF)lists the Waterbody Specific, Stewardship (Statewide or Regional) and Marine Beach funding opportunities. The Stewardship actions closely align with the goals set forth inAlaska Nonpoint Source Control Strategy (2016-2020) (PDF)andAlaska Clean Water Five Year Strategic Plan (2016-2020) (DOCX) and may relate to a specific waterbody or broader regional area.

Waterbody Specific actions are identified for priorities on individual waterbodies. When applying for grants for Waterbody Specific actions, only project proposals that address the actions identified in the solicitation (Appendix C-D) will be considered. Proposals that do not address the solicited action will not be forwarded to the review committee for consideration.

Appendix C-D also contains actions for DEC-identified marine beaches. For additional information on the BEACH program


All project proposals must be submitted on-line using theDivision 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. Use the provided templates for your workplan and budget. This application form includes a description of the evaluation criteria for each element that will be used in scoring. Please review the scoring criteria to ensure they are addressed in your application.

See Appendix B (PDF) 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 inAppendix E (PDF). Proposals that do not meet minimum requirements will not be forwarded to the review committee for consideration. Technical reviews of all proposals will be provided by representatives from each participating resource agency. The review committee will consist of an interdisciplinary team of at least three people. Each member of the review committeewill 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 than5:00 pm, November 5, 2018. A hard copy of the proposal is NOT required.

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