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Capacity & Training

Building capacity to enhance local environmental management

Tribal Capacity & Training
(907) 729-3430
(907) 729-4043
Communities in rural Alaska are faced with many unique and complex environmental issues. Building community strength to identify and solve problems is a powerful process that can lead to a healthier more sustainable community. ANTHC’s Tribal Capacity and Training program provides technical assistance and training to Tribal governments to build capacity and enhance local environmental program management.

2017 Training Schedule

7G Climate Change Adaptation Planning | August 15-17, 2017 | ANTHC Conference Room 1 – Anchorage, AK
Training Information & Agenda
Participant Registration
This in-person workshop will introduce participants to a community-based approach to developing and implementing climate change adaptation plans.
Audience: Tribal environmental leaders and staff working towards addressing climate change in their community.

Dec. 6, 2016
FY18 GAP Grant Writing Basics

Tools and tips to help your grant proposal FY18.
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July 12, 2016
GAP Finance Tracking & Reporting:
How to track and report you GAP grant funds.
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May 10, 2016
IGAP Roles: Tribal Council/Tribal Administrator/Environmental Program Staff: Suggested roles to improve GAP grant management in your community.
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Feb. 16, 2016
GAP Guidance:
Overview of the 2013 GAP Guidance on the award and management of general assistance agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia.
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December 15, 2015
GAP Grant Writing Basics:
 Tools and tips to help you develop your grant proposal.
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May 28, 2015
Resource Roundtable:
 Resource and technical assistance provider share.
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Sept. 18, 2014
Facilitating Effective Meetings:  Stay on track and in control.
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Aug. 21, 2014
Tribal Environmental Planning:  Using the 7G planning process.
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July 10, 2014
Effective GAP Management Tips for organizing, tracking and time management.
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June 12, 2014
Microsoft Basics:
Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Essential management tools for your program.
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May 8, 2014
Resource Roundtable: Resource and technical assistance providers share.
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April 10, 2014
IGAP Grant Process: From Funding Announcement to Award.
PresentationView Recording:

Mar. 13, 2014
GAP Online: From work-plan to reporting.
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Indian General Assistance Program

The Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) was created to assist federally recognized Tribes and intertribal associations to plan, develop and establish the capacity to implement programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to assist in the development and implementation of solid and hazardous waste programs for Indian lands. IGAP helps Tribes to meaningfully participate in policymaking, standard setting, and direct implementation activities potentially affecting Tribal environmental protection interests.

ANTHC’s Tribal Capacity & Training received an IGAP grant from the EPA to provide technical assistance and training opportunities to Tribal environmental programs.

Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) Resources:
Program Guides
Understanding the Federal Fiscal Year Poster
Region 10 Grants Management Guidance (March 2015)
GAP Guidance (May 2013)
Tips for new GAP Grant Recipients (November 2012)

Writing your Work-plan
Narrative & Work-plan Template (Required)
Understanding Components & Commitments
Understanding Outcomes & Outputs
Work-plan Years & Cost Estimate Template Instructions
Work-plan Years & Cost Estimate Template

Excel Budget Workbook
Budget Template (Reader)
Excel Expenditure Log

Writing your Quarterly Report
Quarterly Report Template (Optional)
GAP Online Guide
Close-out Guide & Checklist
System for Award Management (SAM)
Trip Report Example

Briefing your Tribal Council
Organizing your Grant Files
General Roles & Responsibilities
Writing your GAP Success Story
GAP Success Story Template

7 Generations

Communities in rural Alaska are faced with many unique and complex environmental issues. Building community strength to identify and solve problems is a powerful process that can lead to a healthier and more sustainable community. The 7 Generations training is an interactive workshop that introduces participants to a community-based approach for developing local environmental plans. The training also introduces the basics of common environmental issues that can affect health such as drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, fuel storage, air, energy and climate, etc.

Community Environmental Planning Tools
7 Generations Community Environmental Planning Process Overview
7 Generations Community Environmental Planning Process Brochure

7 Generations Manual
The 7 Generations Manual was designed for environmental staff, community leaders and community planners in rural Alaska.

Introduction/Acknowledgements/Table of Contents
Environmental Assessment and Planning Process
Technical Environmental Planning Survey
General Community Information
Drinking Water
Solid Waste
Fuel Storage
Climate Change
Emergency Preparedness
Village Environmental Planning Survey

Planning Templates
Keeping your Process Organized
Community Environmental Plan Checklist
Community Profile Template
Sample Environmental Planning Team Application
Sample Environmental Planning Team Announcement
Sample Environmental Planning Team Meeting Agenda
Community Visioning Template
Technical Environmental Assessment
Village Environmental Planning Assessment & Results
Action Planning Template
Sample Tribal Environmental Plan Outline
Tracking your Progress
Evaluate and Update your Plan

EPA – Tribal Environmental Plan (E-TEP)
Tips for Developing your E-TEP
General E-TEP Template

Community Environmental Demonstration Projects

ANTHC works with Zender Environmental to provide one year Community Environmental Demonstration Project grants. The grants range from $5,000-$20,000 and are awarded to local environmental projects that improve health and the environment of communities throughout rural Alaska.

Click here for more information on demonstration projects.

Solid Waste Alaska Taskforce

The Solid Waste Alaska Taskforce (SWAT) is a multi-agency taskforce that formed in November 2014 to help tribes build sustainable solid waste programs. Each member organization has their own mission and works on their own solid waste projects. However, the cross organizational structure of the team and the common purpose of helping Alaskan communities develop sustainable solid waste programs has created synergy amongst members. SWAT meets regularly to coordinate projects, share data and information, discuss progress on their individual projects and arrange events to gather input from stakeholder and other resource providers.


SWAT Agencies:

– Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
– Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
– Kawerak, Inc.
– U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
– Zender Environmental Health and Research Group

SWAT’s Mission:

Helping communities achieve healthy, sustainable solid waste management programs by: navigating regulations; serving as a technical liaison; connecting communities to resources and tools; working with communities to find locally preferred and doable solutions; and identifying and encouraging cross-organizational collaboration.

Available Statewide Solid Waste Training Opportunities:

–Monthly Solid Waste Training & Teleconference | 1st Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm

Monthly Northern and Interior Alaska Solid Waste Training and Teleconference. The calls begin with a presentation followed by open discussion. Upcoming topics include: Fencing, signage, user fees, construction and demolition waste, funding, and special waste management.
Audience: All Alaska Communities
Contact: Trisha Bower | State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation – Solid Waste Program | | telephone: 907-451-2174


–Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan Training & Sustainable Solid Waste Management Training | July 31, 2017 – August 4, 2017 | Denali Commission – Anchorage, AK

Participants will draft an Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) specific to their community. The Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SSWM) topics will be explored in-depth including collection, budgeting, funding and more. A large portion of the training will be focused on backhaul – collecting, storing, packaging and shipping hazardous materials.
Audience: Alaska Communities, GAP staff, City Staff, Administration, Operations
Contact: Simone Sebalo | telephone: 907-341-3279

Sustainable Solid Waste Management Training & Waste Utility Training | September 11-15, 2017 | Denali Commission – Anchorage, AK

The Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SSWM) portion of the training will explore several solid waste topics in-depth including collection, funding, backhaul and more. A large portion of the training will be focused on composing – including a hands-on learning field trip. The Waste Utility training uses exercises and discussions to teach participants about the strengths and weaknesses of their own waste utility. Utility staff will learn how to financially manage their program and develop a comprehensive solid waste budget.
Audience: Alaska Communities, GAP staff, City Staff, Administration, Operators, Utility Workers
Contact: Simone Sebalo | telephone: 907-341-3279


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