Capacity & Training

Building capacity to enhance local environmental management

Tribal Capacity & Training
(907) 729-3496
(907) 729-4043

Communities in rural Alaska are faced with many unique and complex environmental issues. ANTHC’s Tribal Capacity and Training program provides technical assistance and training to Tribal governments to build capacity and enhance local environmental program management.

2020 Training Schedule

2020 Training Schedule

Project Development Workshop
For a full description click here.
Postponed – New Dates TBD
Anchorage, AK

About the training: This in-person training will teach participants how to develop effective projects from beginning to end that can easily be integrated into any grant application or environmental program. Participants will also receive tools and information on best project management practices.
Target Audience: Tribal Environmental program staff, Tribal administrators and other staff involved in projects.
Participant Registration: Participant application
Lodging Information: Book your group rate here for ANTHC Project Development Workshop

7 Generations Community Environmental Planning
For a full description click here.
August 4-6, 2020
Bethel, AK

About the training: During this interactive workshop, participants will learn a community-based approach for developing local environmental plans. The training focuses on team building, community involvement, identifying environmental concerns that can impact health, and learning about ways to address local issues.
Target Audience: Tribal Environmental Program Staff, Tribal Environmental Planning Committee members, Tribal Council Members & Tribal Administrators.
Participant Registration: Participant application
Lodging Information: Participants are responsible for lodging arrangements.

Monthly LEO Network Webinar
A gathering of LEO Network members reviewing and discussing recent observations as well as presentations by experts on hot topics. To request more information please email

2020 LEO Network Webinar Dates (all calls are from 2-3:30 p.m.): 
May 19
June 23
July 21
August 18
September 22
October 20
November 24
December 15

GAP Networking Call 
Statewide tribal environmental program networking call. The calls provide space to communicate program successes, share experiences and ask for technical assistance.
Audience: Tribal environmental program staff, Tribal administrators and other Tribal staff involved with the IGAP Grant.
More information: to request more information please email

2020 Call Dates (all calls are from 2-3 p.m.):
May 5
July 7
September 8


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.
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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 PosterRegion 10 Grants Management Guidance (March 2015)
GAP Guidance (May 2013)
Tips for new GAP Grant Recipients (November 2012)

Writing your Work-plan
FY20 IGAP Narrative template for Tribes
FY20 IGAP Narrative template for Consortia
FY20 IGAP Work-Plan Template
Understanding Components & Commitments
Understanding Outcomes & Outputs
Work-plan Years & Cost Estimate Template Instructions
Work-plan Years & Cost Estimate Template
Evaluating work-plan and ETEP worksheet

Excel Budget Workbook
Budget Template (Reader)
Excel Expenditure Log

Writing your Quarterly Report
Quarterly Report Template (Optional)
GAP Online Guide
GAP Online 3.0 Grantee User Manual
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

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 ManualThe 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

Demonstration Projects

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.

Solid Waste Guide
About SWAT
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.

Technical Assistance

Available Technical Assistance

  • General Grant Writing
  • Microsoft Office Support for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • IGAP Management
  • Work Plan Development
  • Budget Development
  • Understanding Allowable Costs
  • Understanding Grant Awards
  • Financial Management / Tracking
  • Reporting: Quarterly & Close-Out
  • Drawdowns / Payments
  • Grant Revisions
  • Environmental Office Set Up / Filing / Organization
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Community Environmental Planning
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning
  • Project Development
  • Sharing Your Story