Denali Commmission Grants and Loans

Grants and loans to the Denali Commission for the benefit of rural communities in Alaska with extremely high household energy costs exceeding 275 percent of the national average.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Projects funded by the Denali Commission through this grant were selected from approved projects on the Denali Commission Work Plan and include improvements and replacements of bulk fuel storage and handling facilities and electric distribution system improvements in remote Alaskan villages.

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Denali Commission $ 2,513,171   2020-09-292022-09-29
Denali Commission $ 960,000   2020-09-222022-09-22
Denali Commission $ 3,000,000   2019-07-262021-07-26
Denali Commission $ 1,000,000   2018-09-192020-09-19
Denali Commission $ 2,500,000   2017-09-202019-09-20
Denali Commission $ 2,500,000   2016-08-052018-08-05
Denali Commission $ 1,500,000   2015-08-182017-08-18
Denali Commission $ 2,310,686   2014-04-042016-04-04
Denali Commission $ 2,500,000   2013-09-102015-09-10
Denali Commission $ 5,775,000   2011-08-252013-08-25

Program Accomplishments

The Denali Commission reports that more than 100 communities in rural Alaska have benefitted from USDA grant funds supporting the Denali rural power system and bulk fuel storage tank replacements and upgrade program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used for energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving rural communities where average residential energy expenditures are at least 275 percent of the national average.

Grant must be in coordination with State rural development initiatives.

Planning and administrative expenses must not exceed 4 percent of the grant amount.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Denali Commission, a Federal Agency is the only eligible applicant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are residents of rural communities in Alaska with extremely high energy costs. Eligible beneficiary communities must apply for assistance directly to the Denali Commission and eligible projects must be on Denali Commission Annual Approved Work Plan.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Denali Commission submits a letter of application under a Memorandum of Understanding with USDA.

Award Procedures

Approval of the Denali request for grant funds is made by the Administrator.




Rural Electrification Act of 1936, as amended, Title I, Section 19, Public Law 106-472, 114 Stat. 2058, 7 U.S.C. 918a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant funds are for three years and may be extended.

Post Assistance Requirements


The Denali Commission will provide a summary of projects approved, rural communities served, and an accounting of expenditures made under each grant in its annual report.


The Denali Commission is subject to audit requirements for Federal agencies and maintains its books and records in accordance with Federal requirements of OMB Circular A-34.


The Denali Commission maintains its books and records in accordance with Federal requirements of OMB Circular A-34.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $15,000,000; FY 08 est. $15,000,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant awards have ranged from $10,000,000 to $18,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR part 1709.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Administrator, Rural Development Utilities Programs, Washington, DC 20250-1500. Telephone: (202) 720-9540. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Agency Administrator makes a grant award based on Denali Letter of Request and Denali Annual Work Plan.

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