Strengthening Organizations 2021 Application Dates are to be determined

The Strengthening Organizations grant opportunity is no longer accepting applications for 2020.

The Alaska Community Foundation is currently not accepting applications for the Strengthening Organizations grant program. Strengthening Organizations is now closed for Quarters 4 (October – December) and 1 (January – March). The funds will be redirected into the AK Can Do grant that will be opening in early 2021. This will allow more funding to be available for Coronavirus relief for organizations still needing financial support. To learn more about that grant opportunity, and if your organization is eligible, please visit our website to review the criteria.

The program offers a unique opportunity for eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for grants to build the capacity of their organizations.

Grant requests may be for up to $7,500; typically awards are funded in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to build the capacity of their organizations. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. Equivalent organizations may include tribes, churches, local government agencies, and programs. Organizations must have their federal designation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, or equivalent, for a year or more. 

Grant awards will support nonprofit staff and board of directors in their efforts to access tools, develop practical skills, and cultivate support systems needed to effectively achieve the organization’s mission in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration and community engagement, and evaluation of effectiveness. Programmatic requests are not eligible. 

The timeline for review of proposals will be quarterly. Applications submitted in the first two months of a quarter will be reviewed by the committee in the third month of the quarter. Announcements will be made once final approval of the recommended applications has been made.

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. 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.

Please review the Grant Application Guidelines, FAQ’s and Helpful hints below for more information on evaluation criteria, review and selection process.


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

Frequently Asked Questions for Strengthening Organizations Grant Program

Application outline

Helpful hints for applying online

ACF would like to thank the Rasmuson Foundation for supporting this grant program. The ACF Strengthening Organizations Program is complementary to the Rasmuson Foundation Tier I Program. Organizations may not apply for funding for the same project from both programs.