Grant Application Open: October 21, 2021 - February 16, 2022

The State of Alaska has awarded $20 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for distribution to the nonprofit sector. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is partnering with The Alaska Community Foundation to distribute grants to the nonprofit sector in response to the public health emergency or its negative economic impacts. If your organization is eligible for funding as described below, we invite you to submit a grant application through The Alaska Community Foundation’s online grant system.

Round One Grantee Announcement

The first round of the ARPA Nonprofit Recovery Fund program distributed over $10.7 million among 99 nonprofits in December 2021.

The sheer number of applicants thus far is a testament to Alaskan nonprofits’ ongoing need. Organizations and the communities they serve face challenge after challenge as the impacts of COVID-19 continues to reverberate. ANRF is a significant opportunity for support in delivering programs and services, especially for those organizations that have not received pandemic relief funding before now.

ANRF grantees across the state used their funds to address their communities’ most pressing needs, including food and other household supports, facilities renovations to ensure safe continuation of program delivery, Covid-related personnel costs, recovery of lost revenue, and many other organization-specific needs.

Please get in touch with the ACF staff listed below if you have questions about your application. The second round will close on February 16, 2022. Please find below the list of first-round recipients and their region of impact

ARA Nonprofit Recovery Fund – Round One Grantees

Round Two Grantee Announcement

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) have awarded $8.67 million to ninety-four nonprofits in the second and final round of ARPA Nonprofit Recovery Fund grants. This follows ninety-nine grant awards made in the first round of the program.

Alaska’s nonprofit sector continues to play an essential role in the state’s pandemic response and recovery by delivering programs and services that address the needs of their local communities. The ARPA Nonprofit Recovery Fund grant awards will enable the nonprofit sector to provide ongoing support and critical services to their communities and help mitigate the lingering health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

“It has been a delight to support the thoughtful work that nonprofits across the state have been doing to help our communities overcome the challenges over the past few years,” said DCCED Commissioner Julie Sande. “ACF has been such a valuable partner on this program.”

Grants were awarded to nonprofits across the state in the Aleutian Chain, Bristol Bay, Yukon–Kuskokwim Delta, Bering Straits, Arctic Slope, Interior, Copper River, Prince William Sound, Southcentral, and Southeast. The grant distribution prioritized nonprofits supporting public health, food security, mental health, housing, and basic needs to better serve vulnerable populations – including youth, seniors, and persons with mental and physical disabilities.

“The grant process has provided a unique opportunity to support the ingenious work of the Alaska nonprofit sector and to work collectively with DCCED and philanthropic partners to meet the needs of Alaskan communities,” said Nina Kemppel, CEO of The Alaska Community Foundation.

The ARPA Nonprofit Recovery Fund was launched due to the Alaska State Legislature’s appropriation of $20 million from the State’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for grants to nonprofits to address the economic and social impacts due to COVID-19.

ARA Nonprofit Recovery Fund – Round Two Grantees

Grant Guidelines:

ANRF Grant Application Guidelines

Key Considerations:

The ARPA provides four categories of eligible expenditures. For the purpose of this grant opportunity, only activities and applicants that fall under Section 1 of the ARPA guidelines are considered eligible expenses. Qualified expenses must meet the following two requirements:

  • It incurred in response to the Coronavirus pandemic public health emergency or its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality.
  • Must be incurred during the period that begins on March 3, 2021, and ends on June 30, 2022.

Organizations’ grant awards through this program will range from $25,000 to $750,000. The total grantmaking allocation for this program is $20,000,000 for both rounds of funding, with estimates of $12,500,000 available in the first round and the balance available in the second round.


1. Your organization is one of the following:

    • 501(c)3 public charitable organization with 509(a)1, 509(a)2, or 509(a)3 public charitable status as designated in your IRS Determination letter
    • 501(c)4 and 501(c)6 charitable organizations, but these funds cannot be utilized for lobbying or advocacy activities
    • 501(c)19 public charitable organization
    • Faith-based organization providing social services to the broader community
    • Tribal organizations, including housing authorities
    • Local government

Preference will be given to organizations that have received minimal or no relief to date.

2. Have experienced one or both of the following:

    • Your organization experienced a loss of income caused by broad-based economic damage that the pandemic has wrought, or
    • Your organization has incurred or will incur expenses in direct response to the Coronavirus public health emergency.

Contact Us:

For questions about your application please contact one of the ACF staff listed below.

Jessie Lavoie
Senior Program Officer
(907) 249-6616
Penney Champney
ARPA Program Manager
(907) 570-2305


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