IGAP stands for Indian General Assistance Program. IGAP is a government grant program that provides financial and technical assistance to ensure that tribal land and traditional subsistence resources are restored and protected.
This EPA grant is designed to help tribes develop capacity to administer environmental programs for hazardous waste management but many other environmental issues can be addressed under this program.
Here at Knik Tribe we have been using the resources provided through the IGAP grant to increase our understanding of environmental issues that pertain to our region so that we can work more closely with members to come up with viable options to improve our environment.
GAP Component Areas:
- Building Administrative Capacity
- Building Programmatic and Technical Capacity
- Building Communication Capacity
- Building Solid Waste Management Capacity
- Increase tribal capacity to get and effectively manage grants well
- Increase tribal program capacity to address and respond to local environmental issues
- Increase in staff, Council, youth, and community actions protective of the environment
- Increase in technical assistance and funding sought and obtained by tribe
- Decrease in behaviors and actions harmful to the environment
- Decrease in the amount of improperly disposed of solid waste in the community
- Reduction in hazards in community and pollution in our air, water and soil
- Increase in safety, quality and safety of traditional use areas and subsistence resources
- Decrease in amount of recyclables and potentially hazardous wastes entering landfill
- Decrease in pollution of air, water, and soil from landfill and improper disposal of solid waste
- Increase staff, Council, youth and community knowledge of environmental issues and protection
- Increase staff and Council knowledge of technical resources and funding opportunities
- Increased staff, Council and community knowledge of environmental issues, mitigation measures, and the importance of a healthy environment
- Increase in staff, Council and community participation in information sharing on potential impacts to land, air and water.
- Increase community involvement and participation in environmental program activities
- Increase in staff, Council, community and other agency awareness of Old Harbor landfill and solid waste issues
- Increase in proper back-haul and disposal of recyclables and solid waste in the community
All activities and work must lead towards progress on both the long-term and short-term outcomes of the grant.