Grant Application Open: October 1, 2024 - November 15, 2024

The Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future (VFAF) grant program seeks applications from eligible organizations for projects that focus on efforts to build a highly qualified and highly skilled workforce in Alaska’s natural resource development industries. Scholarships are within the scope of this fund.

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

Eligible applicants include: 501(c)(3) nonprofit or equivalent organizations located in the state of Alaska. Equivalent organizations may include tribes, schools, churches, local government agencies, and programs.

Ineligible applicants include Individuals, for-profit, 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organizations, non-Alaska-based organizations; and state or federal government agencies.

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.
    • Specifically, the Bristol Bay Region

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. 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.

Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future Grant Guidelines

Online Grant System Tutorial

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.

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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 are PDF versions of the grant application and final report form for this grant opportunity. Click the links below to download the PDF version of the document if you’d like to prep.  The documents are provided here for your PREPARATION convenience. You cannot use these forms for your submission – that must be done online within our portal.


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:

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please contact ACF Program and Grants at

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