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Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future (VFAF) Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Tribes, Schools,
Churches, and Agencies to Improve Vocational Skills

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

10/25/17 5:00 PM AKST


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Alaska nonprofits, tribes, schools, churches, and government agencies for projects that improve the vocational skills of Alaskans, especially those that contribute to the competitiveness of Alaska's natural resources and overall economy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft proposal at least two weeks before the deadline.

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.

Proposed projects should focus on efforts to build a highly-qualified and highly-skilled workforce in Alaska’s natural resource development industries — with a preference for the oil, gas and mining industries. Preference will be given to projects that benefit rural Alaska or programs that reach rural communities in Alaska.

A project that leverages funds from other sources (local, state, federal, other grants, funds from the organization itself and in-kind donations) will be more competitive, although this component is not required. Preference will be given to projects that are located in rural Alaska or programs that reach rural communities in Alaska (defined as outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau).

Project Eligibility:

Projects Applications for new and continuing programs will be accepted. Strong applications should include measures of success and demonstrate how funding will directly impact Alaska’s workforce. Applications that demonstrate collaboration with other nonprofits will be stronger and are encouraged. If you are applying for funding for an already existing program, demonstrate how the program has received funding in the past as well as how the program will be funded in the future. Projects involving training should demonstrate metrics on how many students have/will be trained upon completion of the project.

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.

Overhead and Indirect costs will be considered eligible expenses under this grant program but cannot exceed 10% of the total request.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176160

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded projects must be completed within 18 months from the date of grant disbursement. Extensions may be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Note: An organization may have only one open grant through the VFAF program at any one time; new requests will not be accepted until the previous project’s final report has been successfully completed.

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, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed or ethnicity.

Exceptions: 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

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:

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. Please email The Alaska Community Foundation at least two (2) weeks prior to the deadline requesting a review.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Grant Guidelines.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information, please contact ACF staff at: (907) 334-6700 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska