The Alaska Community Foundation Supports Nonprofit Organizations Across Alaska

The Alaska Community Foundation is pleased to announce that $46,736 in grant awards were made to help 12 Alaska nonprofits strengthen their ability to provide services in the state. The Strengthening Organizations Grant Program supports internal capacity building, which includes leadership development, organizational development, and program development for professional staff and board of directors.

This grant cycle, awardee projects ranged from strategic planning for the Kenai Peninsula Fair and the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, to development plans for the Downtown Soup Kitchen and Love, Inc. among many others.

We are so pleased to be able to grant funding to such worthy organizations as they seek to strengthen their internal capacities so that they can provide better services around the state. It’s an honor to support such important work in Alaska. –Katie St. John, Director of Programs & Grants

The Strengthening Organizations Program is unique in the funding it makes available to nonprofits, as it focuses on support areas often overlooked by traditional funders. This program awards capacity building grants up to $10,000, with typical awards ranging from $3,000-$5,000, to 501(c)(3) nonprofits or equivalent organizations, which may include tribes, schools, churches and local government agencies and programs. As was shared in a press release on December 1st, the Strengthening Awards Grant Program will be expanding and changing thanks to a new grant from Rasmuson Foundation. The program will now have a rolling deadline, with the intention of providing funding on a more flexible basis to needy organizations, as well as a broader base of eligible projects. Please visit for previous news on this topic.

Grant recipients:

Kenai Peninsula Fair – Strategic Planning: $1,920

Anchorage Community Land Trust – 2017 Development Plan: $2,000

Alaska Legal Services Corporation – Updating Statewide Website: $2,500

Women in Safe Homes (WISH) – Organizational Documents Update: $3,250

Sitka Tribe of Alaska – Strategic Plan: $3,300

The Alaska Center Education Fund – Incorporating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Meet Mission: $3,600

Downtown Soup Kitchen – Revenue Development Plan: $4,296.63

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival – Executive Succession Plan: $4,720

Family Promise Mat-Su – Developing Donor Base: $5,000

Love, Inc. Anchorage – Development Plan: $5,000

Perseverance Theater – Staff Training and Website Improvement: $5,400

Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Inc. – Train the Trainer Professional Development: $5,750

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Alaska Community Foundation program staff strongly encourages interested applicants to submit drafts for review a minimum of two weeks before the deadline. For more information or to apply, visit The Alaska Community Foundation at or call (907) 274-6700.

Special thanks to Rasmuson Foundation for supporting this grant program.