Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future (VFAF) Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, Tribes, and
Agencies for Workforce Development Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 176160
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Alaska Community Foundation


10/28/16 5:00 PM

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Alaska nonprofits, tribes, schools, churches, and local government agencies for programs that aim to develop a highly-skilled workforce in the natural resource development industries. Optional draft proposals are due by October 14.

Funding is intended to support programs and projects that sharpen vocational skills and contribute to the competitiveness of Alaska’s natural resource development and overall economy.

Proposed projects 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.

Preference will be given for projects focusing on improving the skills of workers in the oil, gas, and mining industries. Preference will also be given to projects that benefit rural Alaska or programs that reach rural communities in Alaska.

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

Grant-funded projects must be completed within eighteen months from the date of grant disbursement. Extensions may be requested.

Applicants are eligible to receive funding for the same project for multiple years (maximum of 3 years), but must have completed the prior year’s project and have a final report submitted before applying for the next year of funding.

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

Ineligible projects include religious indoctrination or other religious activities; endowment building; deficit financing; fundraising; lobbying; electioneering and activities of political nature; proposals for ads; sponsorships or special events; direct fundraising, including hiring a grant writer; reimbursement of pre-award costs; construction; purchase of real property; pass-through funding or other financial assistance to nonprofits; activities that have the potential to support terrorism; core government or organizational services; and any proposals that discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, gender orientation, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.


In selected cases, projects undertaken by organizations that normally fall outside the above guidelines may be eligible to receive funding. Examples include a religious organization whose proposal impacts the broader community; or a unit of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions and impacts the broader community.

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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 weeks prior to the deadline at requesting a review.

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