- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 37. Public Finance
- Chapter 6. Capital Project Matching Grant Programs
- Section 20. Unincorporated Community Capital Project Matching Grant Program.
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AS 37.06.020. Unincorporated Community Capital Project Matching Grant Program.
- (a) The unincorporated community capital project matching grant program is established in the department. Grants to
unincorporated communities under the program shall be administered as provided in this section.
- (b) The unincorporated community capital project matching grant fund is established in the department and consists of
appropriations to the fund. Appropriations to the fund do not lapse except as provided in (h) of this section. The
money in the fund is held by the department in custody under this subsection for each unincorporated community eligible
for an allocation under this subsection. The department shall establish an individual grant account within the fund for
each unincorporated community that was entitled to receive state aid under AS 29.60.140
during the preceding fiscal year. As provided in this subsection, each fiscal year the department shall allocate, to
the individual grant accounts, appropriations to the fund. An unincorporated community is eligible for an allocation in
a fiscal year if the community was eligible to receive state aid under AS 29.60.140
during the preceding fiscal year. The department shall credit interest earned on money in an individual grant account
to that account. Except as provided in (c) of this section, the amount allocated under this subsection to an individual
grant account in a fiscal year is determined by dividing the total amount appropriated to the fund during that fiscal
year by the number of unincorporated communities eligible for an allocation during that fiscal year.
- (c) A minimum of $25,000 shall be allocated to each eligible unincorporated community's grant account each fiscal year
under (b) of this section. If appropriations are not sufficient to fully fund the minimum amount for each eligible
unincorporated community, the amount appropriated shall be allocated equally among the eligible unincorporated
- (d) The department shall designate, in each eligible unincorporated community, an incorporated nonprofit entity or a
Native village council that agrees to receive and spend grant money allocated to the unincorporated community's
individual grant account under (b) of this section. If there is more than one qualified entity in a community, the
department shall designate the entity that the department finds most qualified to make draws from that unincorporated
community's individual grant account and spend the money. If there is no qualified incorporated nonprofit entity or
Native village council in an unincorporated community that will agree to receive and spend money allocated to the
community under (b) of this section, draws may not be made from the unincorporated community's individual grant account
and the amount allocated to the account lapses into the general fund.
- (e) By October 1 of each fiscal year, the incorporated nonprofit entity or Native village council designated by the
department under (d) of this section shall submit to the governor a prioritized list of capital projects and estimated
costs to be financed with money from the community's individual grant account established under (b) of this section.
The list must include the amount and source of the local share required by AS 37.06.030
. The governor shall include in the capital improvements program presented to the legislature under AS 37.07.060
the projects submitted by designated entities under this subsection that the governor recommends for funding. If, in
the capital improvements program, the governor includes projects in other than the priority order submitted by a
designated entity, the governor shall provide the legislature with a written statement of the reasons for that action.
- (f) The legislature may make appropriations, from an unincorporated community's individual grant account established under
(b) of this section, for the unincorporated community for capital projects under this section. Subject to
appropriations under this subsection and to the local share requirements of AS 37.06.030
, an entity designated by the department under (d) of this section may draw, on behalf of the unincorporated community,
amounts from that community's individual grant account for a capital project in accordance with an appropriation for
that project. In accepting a draw, an entity designated by the department under (d) of this section acknowledges that
the state is not responsible for operating or maintaining a capital project for which the draw is used, or for paying
for its operation or maintenance. The acknowledgment does not apply to use of money from a draw for repair or
improvement of an existing facility that is operated or maintained by the state at the time that the draw is made if
the repair or improvement for which the draw is used will not substantially increase the operating or maintenance costs
to the state. No more than 10 percent of the total amount of money from a draw for land acquisition, or planning,
design, construction, or repair of a facility may be used for administrative expenses. No more than five percent of the
total amount of money from a draw for equipment or equipment repairs may be used for administrative expenses. The
designated entity and its agents, contractors, and subcontractors shall comply with the hiring preferences under AS 36.10 in hiring employees to be paid wholly or in part with money
from a draw.
- (g) An entity designated by the department under (d) of this section that is a Native village council may not draw money
from an unincorporated community's individual grant account unless the council waives immunity from suit for claims
arising out of activities of the council related to the draw. A waiver of immunity from suit under this subsection must
be on a form provided by the Department of Law. Neither this subsection nor any action taken under it enlarges or
diminishes the governmental authority or jurisdiction of a Native village council.
- (h) An entity designated by the department under (d) of this section shall repay to the department money it has drawn from
an unincorporated community's individual grant account if substantial, ongoing work on the project is not started
within five years after the effective date of the appropriation from which the draw is funded. Money repaid shall be
deposited into the general fund. Money from an allocation to an unincorporated community's individual grant account
that has not been drawn out by a designated entity within five years after the effective date of the appropriation from
which the allocation is funded lapses into the general fund.
- (i) The limitations of AS 44.33.745
do not apply to a grant made under this section.
- (j) The provisions of AS 37.05.321
apply to a grant and draws made under this section, and to earnings from the grant and draws.
- (k) Before the department may pay a draw under this section to an entity, the department shall have evidence acceptable to
the department that the entity
- (1) has a preventive maintenance plan that
- (A) includes a computerized maintenance management program, cardex system, or other formal systematic means of tracking
the timing and costs associated with planned and completed maintenance activities, including scheduled preventative
- (B) addresses energy management for public buildings owned or operated by the entity;
- (C) includes a regular custodial care program for public buildings owned or operated by the entity;
- (D) includes preventive maintenance training for managers of public facilities owned or operated by the entity and
- (E) includes renewal and replacement schedules for electrical, mechanical, structural, and other components of public
facilities owned or operated by the entity; and
- (2) is adequately adhering to the preventive maintenance plan.
- (l) In this section, unless specified otherwise, "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic
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