Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) Grants

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

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Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Next anticipated deadline: Nov 5, 2020 5:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Nov 5, 2022 7:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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Overview:

Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA)

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.

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.

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.

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 in Appendix B. 

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 in Appendices 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 in Alaska Nonpoint Source Control Strategy (2016-2020) and Alaska Clean Water Five Year Strategic Plan (2016-2020) (PDF) 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, see here.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Funding source: DEC - Clean Water Act
    • Purpose/Eligible Tasks
      • ACWA Waterbody Specific actions on high priority waters or Stewardship (Statewide or Regional) actions (Appendix C/D)
    • Eligible Recipients
      • State agencies, local and tribal governments, **non-profit organizations, for-profits
    • Constraints
      • Must comply with federal requirements. Project must address identified ACWA waterbody specific actions or identified high priority stewardship actions. Cannot be used to comply with permit requirements
    • Match Requirements
      • 40% non-federal match required for total project costs
  • Funding source: DEC - BEACH Act
    • Purpose/Eligible Tasks
      • BEACH monitoring of DEC-identified Tier 1 beaches (Appendix C/D
    • Eligible Recipients
      • Designated local governments, tribal agencies, state agencies, **non-governmental organizations
    • Constraints
      • Project must evaluate DEC-identified marine beaches to determine if bacteria levels may be impacting recreational uses
    • Match Requirements
      • No Match Required

Ineligibility:

  • **Non-profit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities are ineligible to receive subawards under the Clean Water Act or Beach Act.