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2022 Denali Commission Program

  • Granting Agency: Denali Commission
  • Appropriation Amount: $32.7 Million
  • Grant Amount: Varies
  • Announcement Date: April 11, 2022
  • Closing Date: May 13, 2022 | 1:00 PM AKDT

Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement (PDF)

Purpose: The Denali Commission (Commission) was established in 1998 as an independent federal agency to promote rural development throughout Alaska. Every year the Commission is largely funded via its federal congressional appropriation and guided by its annual Work Plan. The Commission also receives transfers from the State of Alaska, other federal agencies, and other funders. In addition, the Commission was recently provided funding in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA). Further funding will be made available upon Commissioner approval of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Work Plan.

The Commission makes funds available for projects in different ways to implement its work. Some programs generally rely on priority setting based on needs assessments done by the Commission and/or established partners. The Commission also makes funds available on a competitive basis from year to year. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) announces the availability of certain program funds on a competitive basis.

Eligible Expenditures:

This FOA announces the availability of funds for the following program areas and solicits proposed projects throughout rural Alaska from eligible applicants.
• Energy – General and Wood Heating Systems
• Transportation
• Facilities for Healthcare and Community Wellness
• Village Infrastructure Protection
• Sanitation
• Housing
• Broadband
• Economic Development
• Workforce Development
• Infrastructure Fund (new)

The different program areas have been allocated the following amounts:

Information on how to make your application and evaluation criteria can be found in the funding announcement.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants include state, municipal, borough, tribal governments, and Indian Tribes as defined by Title 25 US Code § 5304, regional housing authorities, universities, regional tribal non-profit organizations, and non-profit organizations. For-profit Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) entities may apply; however, grant income is considered income and, therefore, taxable. Regional projects that benefit more than one rural community are eligible. Eligible applicants may submit applications for any or all of the program areas.

Additional information can be found in the FOA. Janet Davis, Grants Officer for the Denali Commission can be contacted at (907) 271-1414 or jdavis@denali.gov.