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Denali Commission Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Denali Commission Program


Federal Agency




The Denali Commission Act, October 21, 1998, Publlic Law 105-227, 42 U.S.C. 3121.






The Denali Commission is an Innovative Federal and State partnership designed to provide critical utilities and infrastructure throughout Alaska, particularly in distressed communities.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Infrastructure or utility needs benefiting Alaskans.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Awards are available to State and local governments, private, public, profit, nonprofit organizations and institutions or individuals eligible in Alaska.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public, particularly distressed communities.


Locally prepared comprehensive development plans that are regionally supported.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal preapplication conference recommended. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Letter request coupled with comprehensive community based and approved development plans.

Award Procedure

Resolutions through Commissioners.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Six months from receipt of letter application.


Negotiated on a case by case basis.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Encouraged but not mandatory.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Determined during project evaluation.


Post Assistance Requirements


Monthly and/or quarterly, based on negotiated terms and conditions.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 23, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organization," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than 500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Determined at the time of award, consistent with Federal and State of Alaska guidelines.


Financial Information

Account Identification

95-1200-0-1-452; 95-8056-0-7-452.


FY 07 $111,000,000; FY 08 est $106,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $200,000 to $10,000,000. Average: $5,000,000.


Program Accomplishments

Created a cost-sharing partnership to respond to the immediate and critical threat to human health and the environment presented by non-code compliant, often leaking, bulk fuel storage facilities.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

Information is available on the website of


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Denali Commission, 510 L Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK 99501. Telephone: (907) 271-1414.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Bulk Fuel Tank Storage- Consolidation at isolated site to prevent catastrophic failure of leaking facilities; (2) hydroelectric generation at remote coastal community; (3) regional electric intertie serving economically distressed communities not on national grid; (4) water supply to community owned and operated fish processing facility; and (5) statewide planning and construction of health care infrastructure.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Projects are judged based on consistency with locally developed and regionally supported infrastructure development plans, long term sustainability, relative impacts on reducing unemployment, raising the standards of living, reducing the cost of utilities, and cost-sharing by others.


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