Alaska Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports groups throughout the state, primarily in community development, the outdoors, children and education, health and wellness, and arts and culture.

FUNDING AREAS: The great outdoors, community development, children and education, health and wellness, arts and culture

IP TAKE: There are many funds at ACF to wrap your head around. The best place to start is with your local affiliate fund. Each affiliate has a different focus, so take some time getting to know the ones relevant to your organization.

PROFILE: The Alaska Community Foundation is based in Anchorage and supports nonprofits throughout the state. The foundation awards grants through a competitive application process and on donor recommendations. Areas of interest are the great outdoors, community development, children and education, health and wellness, and arts and culture.

For the outdoors, ACF fundeds trail investments, capacity building for soil and water conservation, and science education clubs for youth. It offers community development support through the Pick.Click.Give. program that encourages Alaskans to contribute to causes they care about. In education, the foundation contributed to Alaska Crib Swap to replace unsafe cribs in rural Alaska child care homes. One component fund of ACF is the Anchorage Schools Foundation, which supports outside-the-box learning projects and creative approaches to education in the Anchorage School District.

For health and wellness, ACF is largely focused on teen suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention. ACF has celebrated the state's arts and culture through support for the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, as well as language revitalization efforts through the Clara Lee Memorial Fund for Preservation of the Inupiat Language and Culture.

There are quite a few opportunities for ACF funding. In addition to the list below, ACF's affiliate community funds offer competitive grants to support their local communities.  

  • Strengthening nonprofit organizations
  • Alaska Children’s Trust – child abuse and neglect
  • Ketchikan Community Foundation – Ketchikan area only
  • Petersburg Community Foundation – Petersburg area only
  • Seward Community Foundation Mini-Grants – Seward and Moose Pass communities, up to $1,000
  • GCI Suicide Prevention
  • Seward Community Foundation – Seward/Moose Pass area only
  • Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future
  • Kodiak Community Foundation - Kodiak Archipelago only
  • Greater Sitka Legacy Fund – emergency response system in Sitka, grants $500-$1,000
  • Kenai Peninsula Foundation – Kenai Peninsula area only, up to $1,000
  • Jessica Stevens Community Foundation – Northern Susitna Valley only, grants $500-$3,000
  • Chilkat Valley Community Foundation – Chilkat Valley only
  • Golden Herat Community Foundation – Greater Fairbanks area only
  • Anchorage Schools Foundation – Anchorage School District only

Aside from the competitive grants, ACF also guides donor-advised grants for named funds. It administers quite a few scholarship programs, each with its own guidelines and deadlines. In addition to the nine affiliate community funds, ACF has helped three partner community foundations—Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Homer Foundation, Juneau Community Foundation—grow and hold permanent assets.

General grantseeker questions can be directed to the staff at 907-334-6700 or via email at info@alaskacf.org.

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