Grants for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages


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Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)


Seeks to improve residential health and hygiene in remote and extremely isolated areas of Alaska by offering grants to address major sanitation concerns and deliver safe and reliable drinking water and waste disposal systems to households and businesses.

Funding must be used to fix or improve serious sanitation issues such as:

  • Recurring cases of waterborne communicable disease
  • A lack of community water and sewer systems, resulting in individuals using outhouses or carrying water or waste to and from their households
  • A determination from a federal of Alaska state regulatory agency that the drinking water or wastewater treatment system does not meet current regulations

Other eligible funding activities include reasonable expenses related to providing water or waste disposal services, including

  • Construction costs
  • Planning costs include reporting costs such as master plans, feasibility studies, and detection or source studies
  • Pre-development costs include complete construction design up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for each eligible village and other related costs such as preliminary engineering, environmental, application development, review and establishment of rights-of-way and easement, and complete construction design
  • Individual home installations such as wells, septic systems, flush tanks and hauls, and in-house plumbing
  • Training and technical assistance

Amount of Funding

Generally, grant funds may not exceed 75% of eligible project costs. The state of Alaska or local contributions must provide matching funds for 25% of project expenses.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Rural or native villages in Alaska
  • The state of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on behalf of 1 or more rural or native villages in Alaska
  • The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) on behalf of 1 or more rural or native villages in Alaska

Under this funding opportunity, rural or native villages in Alaska are defined as a village or hub with a population at or below 10,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data and a median household income of less than 110% of the state nonmetro household income. Use the USDA Income and Property Eligibility search tool to determine if an address is located in an eligible area.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application information, requirements, and instructions are available on the program website.

Contact the Rural and Native Alaskan Villages Grants program manager to discuss your specific project and start an application.

Applications are submitted directly to the state of Alaska's Capital Improvements Program.


For programmatic questions:
Robert Chambers

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Health and Wellness • Infectious Diseases • Infrastructure