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Tribal Solid Waste Management Grants and Funding


EPA and other federal agencies fund tribal solid and hazardous waste management projects. Funding can be in the form of grants, loans, loan guarantees, and targeted assistance. Below is a list of the main federal programs that tribes access for solid waste planning, dump assessment, facility construction, recycling programs, dump cleanup, etc.

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Alaska Forum USDA Grant for Rural Community Toxics Reduction (Alaska only)
Type: Grants
Description: Limited financial support for isolated, rural, Alaska communities working to reduce toxic materials in the waste stream. The purpose of the funding is to provide communities with a simplified application structure and rapid funding implementation so solutions to solid waste management, storage, and backhaul can be quickly and effectively implemented. Applications typically consist of a simple description of the project and the materials needed along with contact information for the person in charge of completing the project.
For more information: http://www.akforum.com/toxics.html

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Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Alaska only)
Type: Grants
Description: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium provides mini-grants (about $10,000) to tribes in Alaska to develop solid waste management plans.
For more information: http://www.anthc.org/cs/dehe/sustops/swm/

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Denali Commision (Alaska only)
Type: Grants
Description: The goal of the solid waste program at the Denali Commission is to provide funding to address deficiencies in solid waste disposal sites which threaten to contaminate rural drinking water supplies in Alaska. Types of projects funded in the past include burn boxes, equipment, fencing, waste oil burners, and improvements to solid waste facilities.
For more information: http://denali.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=5&Itemid=22

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EPA Brownfields Program
Type: Grants, Loans, Targeted Assistance
Description: Tribes may seek assistance from EPA to assess and clean up dump sites that meet specific Brownfields criteria. The Brownfields Program provides funding and technical assistance to states, tribes and other entities in a number of different ways:

For more information: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/cleanup.nsf/sites/bf

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EPA Indian General Assistance Program
Type: Grants
Description: IGAP funds can be used for planning, development, and implementation of Tribal solid and hazardous waste programs. Region 10 requires completion of an integrated solid waste management plan prior to beginning implementation activities so the plan can provide guidance and structure for addressing solid and hazardous waste issues. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

On-going operations and maintenance is unallowable.
For more information: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/TRIBAL.NSF/Grants

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EPA Tribal Hazardous Waste Grant Program
Type: Grants
Description: The EPA Hazardous Waste Grant Program provides grants to federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations to encourage comprehensive integrated hazardous waste management practices that are protective of human health and the environment by:

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/osw/wyl/tribal/finance.htm

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EPA (Tribes and) Local Government Reimbursement Program
Type: Reimbursement
Description: In the event of a release or threatened release of hazardous substances, EPA may reimburse Tribes and local governments for expenses related to the release and emergency response. The program provides up to $25,000 per incident if the response meets specific eligibility and reimbursement criteria. The program has a two-page application with instructions and a help line for completing the paperwork.
For more information: http://www.epa.gov/oem/content/lgr/

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Indian Health Service Sanitation Facilities Construction Program
Type: Targeted Assistance
Description: Indian Health Service administers a nationwide Sanitation Facilities Construction Program that is responsible for the delivery of environmental engineering services and sanitation facilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The program is operated out of the Indian Health Service Area offices and includes construction of water supply, sewage disposal, and solid waste disposal facilities. Indian Health Service environmental engineers plan, design, and manage most projects.
For more information: http://www.dsfc.ihs.gov/

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Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project
Type: Grants, Loans, Loan Guarantees, Targeted Assistance
Description: Formerly Interagency Open Dump Cleanup Project. The tribal solid waste inter-agency workgroup (EPA, IHS, BIA, DoD, USDA-RD) solicits competitive proposals on any of four different types of activities that meet the goals of the project:

For more information, link to: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/wycd/tribal/finance.htm

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USDA Solid Waste Management Grants
Type: Grants
Description: This program supports projects that to improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas and reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas. The grant can:

For more information: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water/SWMG.htm

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USDA Water and Waste Disposal Program
Type: Grants, Loans, Loan Guarantees
Description: To develop water and waste disposal (including solid waste disposal and storm drainage) systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, special-purpose districts, Indian tribes, and corporations not operated for profit. USDA also guarantees water and waste disposal loans made by banks and other eligible lenders.
For more information contact your USDA-Rural Development state office

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