Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA) Grants

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2018 6:00pm PST

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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Alaska Clean Water Actions (ACWA)

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:


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 FY18 are shown below. All awards are subject to appropriation and availability of funding.

  • Funding Source: ADEC BEACH Grant
    • Estimated amount available (in thousands) $95.0
  • Funding Source: ADEC Clean Water Act funding
    • Estimated amount available (in thousands) $300.0
  • Funding Source: Clean Vessel Act funding
    • Estimated amount available (in thousands) $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 here. The list below lists the priority of funding for beach projects: 

  • 1 - Nome
  • 2 -  Kenai
  • 3 - Ketchikan

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


  • Eligible recipients by funding source: 
    • DEC -Clean Water Act:
      • State agencies, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, for-profits
    • DEC - BEACH Act:
      • Designated local governments, tribal agencies, state agencies, non-governmental organizations
    • DFG - Clean Vessel Act:
      • States, local governments, tribes, private firms, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, public and private facilities must be open to the public;
      • For profit, non-profit private marinas, docks, etc;
      • for profit and nonprofit concessionaires; yacht or boating clubs;
      • Public facilities such as municipal, county, port authority, State and Federal marinas, docks, etc., operated by  those agencies
  • Project proposal must address an ACWA Statewide or Area-wide Stewardship Action (Appendix C) or an ACWA Waterbody Specific Action (Appendix D).
  • Proposals must contain an appropriate method for evaluating the project results, with an emphasis on measurable environmental improvement.
    • Project proponents shall describe benefits of the project, such as projected Nonpoint Source (NPS) pollutant load reduction (e.g. reductions in sediment, nutrient, etc...), water quality improvements (e.g., ambient chemistry), feet of streambank habitat restored, maintenance or restoration of natural flow regime, etc...
  • See details of restrictions and matching requirements by funding source in Appendix B.


  • 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.