Grant Application Open: September 7, 2020 - October 15, 2020

The Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future (VFAF) grant program seeks applications from eligible organizations for projects that sharpen vocational skills and contribute to the competitiveness of Alaska’s natural resource development and overall economy.

Proposed projects focus on efforts to build a highly-qualified and highly-skilled workforce in Alaska’s natural resource development industries and should be focused on:

Building skills of relevance for Alaskans of all ages in areas such as:

  •     Electrical work
  •     Plumbing
  •     Carpentry
  •     Welding
  •     Mining
  •     Engineering
  •     Geology
  •     And other related disciplines. 

Projects that build career awareness, employability skills, and promote cross-sector skill acquisition will be especially competitive.

Preferences for:

  • Oil, gas and mining industries. 
  • Projects that benefit rural Alaska or programs that reach rural communities in Alaska.


Typical grant amounts range from $10,000-$50,000.


Please contact ACF staff by phone or email to discuss your ideas. A draft review of your application is strongly encouraged.  If your organization would like to have a draft review of your application, complete and save your application, but do not submit. Please email The Alaska Community Foundation at least two (2) weeks prior to the deadline at requesting a review. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Alaskans across the State. Award announcements should be made up to 6 weeks after the grant deadline.

Please review the Grant Application Guidelines below for more information on evaluation criteria, review and selection process.

We look forward to hearing from all interested organizations that would like to apply for the Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future grant opportunity at The Alaska Community Foundation.


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:


2020 Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future Grant Guidelines

Online Grant System Tutorial

If you have any questions, please contact ACF Program Officer Stefanie O’Brien at or ACF Grant Administrator Jeff Dickson at

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