Local Nonprofits Grant to Support Suicide Prevention

Local Nonprofits Grant $82,000 to Support Suicide Prevention in Alaska

The Alaska Community Foundation and Alaska Children’s Trust, in collaboration with the State of Alaska, announce grant awards from the Teen Suicide Prevention grant program.


(ALASKA) – The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) and Alaska Children’s Trust are proud to announce the 2017 recipients of grants to support youth suicide prevention in Alaska. This grant program, now in its sixth year, is supported by many funders both within Alaska and outside. In addition to support from ACF and the State of Alaska, the program also receives critical funding from Rasmuson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and, for the first time this past year, Wal-Mart Foundation. The program also received a special grant from the Caroline Christen Torgerson Memorial Fund, an unrestricted fund at ACF.

In April, the Teen Suicide Prevention Grant Program awarded 17 grants totaling $81,928 across the state. Applicants were encouraged to align projects with strategies from the Alaska State Suicide Prevention Plan.

Katie St. John, Director of Programs and Grants at ACF says, “We were thrilled to be able to award such a large number of grants this year to so many worthy organizations across the state, many of them rural communities providing critical services to their residents. From Metlakatla to Paimiut to Kiana and Hooper Bay, organizations throughout Alaska are working closely with their communities to provide help, hope, and healing to those suffering from the effects of suicide or struggling with it themselves.”

Grant Recipients 2017

Alaska Gateway School District – $5,000
AGSD Phlight Club

Christian Health Associates – $5,000
Begich Middle School Behavioral Health Counseling

Covenant House Alaska – $5,000
Suicide Prevention Poster Series

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival – $5,000
Growing New Roots: The Healing Power of Music in a Time of Transition

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District – $5,000
Sources of Strength Learning Network Conference

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation – $5,000
Teen Suicide Prevention Media Training Project

Native Village of Elim – $5,000
Boys and Girls Club After School Activities

Native Village of Hooper Bay – $5,000
Teen Business Building

Native Village of Kiana – $5,000
2nd Annual OPT in Kiana Youth Conference

Native Village of Paimiut – $5,000
Teen Focus on Self-Healing

Old Harbor Alliance – $5,000
Nuniaq Outdoor Survival Camp

Wellspring Revival Ministries/Joel’s Place – $5,000
Ride Strong

Girl’s Rock Camp Alaska – $5,000
Summer Camp Suicide Prevention Education

Royal Family Kids Mat-Su Camp 310 – $5,000
RFK Hope Camp

City of Toksook Bay – $4,500
Teen Suicide Prevention

Aurora Equine Therapy – $3,742
Caregiving from the Corral

Metlakatla Indian Community – $3,676
Metlakatla Youth to Elder Project

For more information about suicide prevention efforts and resources in Alaska please visit StopSuicideAlaska.org.


Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT), founded in 1988, is focused on changing the way Alaskans think about child abuse and neglect prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure Alaskan children remain safe. Since its conception, ACT has led the way in building awareness, providing education, and bringing communities together statewide to prevent child abuse and neglect. ACT recognizes that the healthy child development is an essential building block for community and economic development. To learn more about ACT, visit www.alaskachildrenstrust.org.

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Holding more than $79 million in more than 400 funds for the benefit of Alaskans, ACF grants between 3 and 4 million dollars each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. Its mission is to inspire the spirit of giving and connect people, organizations and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.