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(a) The department will publish a grant application guide on its Internet web site, and will solicit applications for grants. The department will assign a score to eligible grant applications under each of the following criteria:
(1) up to 15 points, based upon the applicant's organizational structure, experience, history, and personnel, and other factors affecting the applicant's ability to complete the project successfully;
(2) up to 25 points, based upon the proposed project's potential for enhancing and increasing sales and value of wild Alaska salmon, including the project's
(A) potential for increasing market recognition, appreciation, and acceptance of the product;
(B) clear and prominent identity of the product as wild Alaska salmon; and
(C) employment of identified quality standards and grading procedures;
(3) up to 20 points, based upon the financing structure of the project and the applicant's contribution to the project, including the contribution of a cash match;
(4) up to 40 points, based upon the long-term sustainability of the project and the project's potential to increase and enhance the sales and value of wild Alaska salmon after the grant has been exhausted.
(b) The department will forward the applications, its evaluations, and its scoring calculations to the following for comment:
(1) the commissioner of fish and game, or the commissioners designee;
(2) the commissioner of labor and workforce development, or the commissioners designee;
(3) the fisheries policy advisor in the Office of the Governor.
(c) The commissioner may modify the department's scoring, taking into account any comments received and the commissioner's evaluation of the overall potential of the proposals to further the purposes of this chapter
(d) Using the modified scoring under (c) of this section, and subject to 3 AAC 147.060, the commissioner will make a preliminary award determination with respect to each application. The department will notify applicants of the preliminary award determinations by fax or telephone to the applicant's designated contact, accompanied by mailed notice, and will post its determinations on its Internet web site. If the department is unable to contact the applicant by fax or telephone, it will mail its notice certified mail, return receipt requested.
(e) An applicant whose proposal was rejected or modified in the preliminary award determination may submit to the commissioner a request for reconsideration. The request for reconsideration must be in writing and must be received by the department within 15 calendar days after the department issues notice of the preliminary award determination in accordance with this section. The request for reconsideration must include documentation and discussion in support of the applicant's request. If an applicant needs additional time to respond to the department's decision, the applicant may request an extension of up to 15 additional days to respond by submitting the request in writing to the department within the original 15-day time period. The department will grant the 15-day extension if the applicant shows good cause to the department's satisfaction. If granted, the 15-day extension shall be measured from the day the department receives the request.
(f) The commissioner or the commissioner's designee will review a request for reconsideration and may issue a written decision. The commissioner or the commissioner's designee may, in writing, extend the time for a decision by up to 15 days. If a written decision granting reconsideration or extending the time for review of the request is not issued within five days after a request for reconsideration is delivered, the request is considered denied. A decision on a request for reconsideration is final for purposes of judicial review.
(g) Upon completion of the review of all pending requests for reconsideration, the department will publish on its Internet web site and mail to applicants its final award determinations. In the final award determinations, the commissioner may decline to award, or may reduce the amount of, a grant that was proposed to be awarded in a preliminary award determination, if reconsideration of another preliminary award determination has altered the availability of money.
History: Eff. 12/13/2003, Register 168
Authority: AS 44.33.020
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