Grant Application Open: June 3, 2021 - June 22, 2021


In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), the Alaska Community Foundation is pleased to solicit a second round of grant applications for the Open for Summer Camp Initiative. The positive response to the initial grant process and additional funding provided by the MOA guided the decision to increase support to summer camp and youth programming across Alaska and Anchorage. This collaboration focuses on expanding opportunities and access to quality experiences for children in day camps, outdoor camps, culture camps, faith-based camps, museum camps, learning pods, and summer programs across the state. The partnership is also an effort to offset the pandemic’s distressing effects on summer programs and childcare organizations in 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted summer camp and youth programming opportunities, resulting in fewer campers/participants that can be accommodated in programming and increased costs associated with providing high-quality experiences for Alaskan youth. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase the number of youth who have the opportunity to experience camp and/or other programming this summer.

Apply for a Grant

The program prioritizes organizations that are addressing the following key issues:

  • Costs – scholarships/camperships to assist in a family’s ability to pay, or for rural camps that do not charge a fee, the ability to pay staff and/or increase the number of participants (campers);
  • Special expenses – may include traveling activity kits that reach youth who are unable to attend day or resident camps, increased transportation costs, or changes in program delivery;
  • Increased expenses incurred due to COVID-19 mitigation; and
  • Access to staff professional development and training for counselors.

Successful requests will focus on increasing the number of young people who have access to camp experiences and improving the quality of the camp experience.

Grant requests may be up to $15,000 per campsite or program, with a cap of $45,000 per organization.

For additional information, please review the following documents. If you have any questions after reading the guidelines, FAQ’s or how to apply online, please contact an ACF Program staff member at or call 907-334-6700.

Please contact ACF staff by phone or email to discuss your ideas. If your organization would like to have a draft review of your application, complete and save your application, but do not submit it. Please email The Alaska Community Foundation at least two (2) days prior to the deadline at requesting a review.

Please review the Grant Application Guidelines and Helpful hints below for more information.


Click this link or copy and paste the link below to access ACF’s online grants management system:

Click this link or copy and paste the link below to access ACF’s online application instructions:

Grant Guidelines

Helpful hints for applying online

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Please note: These forms are for your draft work ONLY; any submissions must be completed within our online grants management portal.

For grantee convenience, below is a Word (.doc) version of the grant application for this grant opportunity.  Click the links below to download the .doc version of the form .  Play with the character counts in your draft, and when ready, copy/paste those words into the online version of the form in our system.  The character count (not word count) in your .doc version will align with the character count in our system.  The forms are provided here for your PREPARATION convenience.  You CANNOT  use these forms for your actual submission – that must be done online within our portal.