Denali Commission 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.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Denali Commission $ 1,132,805   2022-02-012024-02-01
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

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used for energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving rural communities where annual 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.

Loans to the Denali Commission are an authorized purpose of the program.

No loan funds have been appropriated by Congress.

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.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR Part 200. The Denali Commission submits a letter of application under a Memorandum of Understanding with USDA.

Award Procedures

Approval of the Denali Commission request for grant funds is made by the Administrator in his sole discretion.


Not Applicable.


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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant terms typically run for three years and may be extended upon the sole discretion of RUS. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant Funds are released at the request of the Denali Commission.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

The Denali Commission includes information on projects funded with Denali Commission RUS grants in its published annual reports and on its website.


Not Applicable.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,500,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Grant awards have ranged from $2,310,686 to $18,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant awards have ranged from $2,310,686 to $18,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR part 1709.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Assistant Administrator, Electric Programs, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Stop 1560, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 720-9540.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The Agency Administrator in his sole discretion makes a grant award based on the Denali Commission Letter of Request and Denali Commission Annual Work Plan.

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