Alaska Water Infrastructure Financial Navigation Center

Alaska Water Infrastructure Financial Navigation Center

The Alaska Water Infrastructure Financial Navigation Center (AWIFNC) program is based on a collaborative approach to help local governments identify water/wastewater challenges and solutions, build capacity, and develop applications to access infrastructure funding.

AWIFNC’s emphasis is on training and technical assistance to help rural, small communities acquire funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (this includes increased and new funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), and generally improve eligibility for and access to state and federal funding.

  •  Available to all communities will be access to information about USDA and EPA funding and technical assistance programs. This includes through current tools like akfederalfunding.org, our weekly Office Hours, and the Alaska Infrastructure Development Symposium. We’ll organize district meetings, too, that will help with regional strategic planning.
  • Available to all AML members will be outreach specific to the State Revolving Fund, and we’ll be available for technical assistance and to help complete applications or manage projects.
  • We anticipate delivering asset management training and technical assistance to interested communities. This program is still under development, but we’ll be sure to let you know how you can participate.

Technical Assistance and Training

Municipalities have the the opportunity to participate in one of two cohorts, now open for application. These programs are specific to improving local government financials and governance. That means AML would work directly with you to improve your budgets and reporting, and to strengthen current approaches to payroll, payables, and cash management. After a brief interview process, AML will be able to determine the extent of support you need and are interested in, and from there we’ll be able to get started.

Apply to Participate

 

To apply, please provide a Letter of Interest addressing the following:

  • Information related to current financials, and challenges that you’re working through.
  • Information related to utility operations, or challenges to address.
  • Information related to Council operations or activities, or challenges to address.

Please email the Letter of Interest to awifnc_support@akml.org. Please also include direct contact information for a follow-up conversation.

Learn More

US EPA Water Finance Center

USDA Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

WaterTA – Request Form

Utilities, Communities, Tribes & Pueblos can access assistance through multiple providers and WaterTA programs. Requests are processed through a collaborative effort by EPA offices and states and can be matched with a TA Provider.

www.epa.gov/water-infrastructure/request-water-technical-assistance

The Alaska Municipal League is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Alaska Municipal League received financial support from the EPA under an Assistance Agreement and is supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Rural Utilities Service.