Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program
The Alaska Climate Change Impact Mitigation Program (ACCIMP) was established by Alaska's 25th Legislature to increase community resilience to climate-related natural hazards. ACCIMP is addressing the immediate planning needs of communities imminently threatened by the impacts of climate-related natural hazards such as erosion, flooding, storm surge, and thawing permafrost.
ACCIMP is implemented through a two-step process:
1. Hazard Impact Assessments are conducted to identify and define the climate hazard impacts in the community, to assess how those hazards impact the community, and to develop recommendations for how the community might best mitigate those hazard impacts; and
2. Community Planning grants are provided to allow communities to carry out one or more or the recommendations from the Hazard Impact Assessment.
The majority of ACCIMP funding is directed to specific communities identified as imminently threatened by the Governor’s Subcabinet on Climate Change, Immediate Action Workgroup (IAW). These communities are Shishmaref, Kivalina, Newtok, Koyukuk, Unalakleet and Shaktoolik. The non-competitive funding is provided in the form of Community Planning Grants, which address the recommendations for immediate actions made by the IAW in its Recommendations Report to the Governor’s Subcabinet on Climate Change, April 17, 2008.
Each of the six communities are profiled on the ACCIMP site, with further details on funding initiatives and project implementation. For example, Unalakleet focused its Community Planning Grant on the Foothills Master Plan and Subdivision Design Project. Unalakleet plans to direct community development away from areas of the community vulnerable to erosion, flooding and storm surge to higher ground by migrating new development to the proposed Foothills Subdivision.
Based on the scope of the community planning project, communities are eligible for grants of up to $150,000.
- Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
- Funding program