Strengthening Organizations will accept applications in early spring and fall of 2023, dates TBD. 

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. For eligible activities for funding, please review the provided grant guidelines.

Grant requests may be for up to $10,000; typically awards are funded in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

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 it. 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 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 list of Word (.doc) versions of the grant application and final report forms for this grant opportunity.  Click the links below to download the .doc version of the form you’d like to work with.  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.

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.

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