The Alaska Community Foundation announces first round of Alaska Native Social Justice Fund grantees

The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce $140,000 in grant awards to 10 Alaska Native organizations tackling complex social justice issues. This is the first award cycle for this competitive grant program.

In 2017, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) received a generous grant of $300,000 from the Marguerite Casey Foundation to support Alaska Native-led social justice efforts through 2019. ACF will use $280,000 of the Marguerite Casey Foundation grant to conduct two Alaska Native Social Justice Fund grant cycles. The next competitive grant cycle will be held in 2019. The Alaska Native Social Justice Fund is a sister program to The Social Justice Fund for Alaska, which was created in 2015 when John Rubini and Clare Bertucio made a generous $1 million pledge to support social justice work in Alaska.

ACF received 24 letters of intent for this cycle from Alaska Native led nonprofits, tribal governments and entities, faith-based organizations, and grassroots organizations. In an effort to support a broad range of needs within organizations focusing on social justice work, ACF offered programmatic and sustainable operational support for eligible organizations.

We are honored and humbled to support the work of Alaska Native led organizations making a positive impact in their communities and around Alaska. The grantee organizations selected by the advisory panel all exhibited dedication to leadership development, strategic partnerships, and raising Alaska Native voices to address community issues.
– Nina Kemppel, President & CEO of ACF

2018 Alaska Native Social Justice Fund Grantees

Alaska Legal Services Corporation – $20,000 for Pro Bono Training Academy Child Welfare Training and Support

Tanana Chiefs Conference – $20,000 for increasing the Alaska Native voice in hunting and fishing management

Chugach Regional Resources Commission – $15,000 for Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering Regulations Workshop

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation – $15,000 for social justice programs “Native Hip Hop” and “Young Media Makers”

Alaska Native Justice Center – $15,000 for the Color of Justice youth program

Alaska Community Action on Toxics – $10,000 for leadership development for women activists of Norton Sound

Cook Inlet Tribal Council – $10,000 for strengthening its youth program and empowering youth peer educators

United Tribes of Bristol Bay – $10,000 to educate Bristol Bay residents about the Pebble Mine permitting process

Haven House Juneau – $10,000 to expand Peer Recovery & Reentry Services

Native Movement – $10,000 to support Northern Organizers’ Summit and Trainings