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Alaska Native Fund

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits and Individuals to Protect
the Environment and Strengthen Native Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 176561
Agency Type:


Alaska Conservation Foundation



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Grants of up to $20,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, Tribes, and individuals for environmental projects that strengthen Native communities. LOIs are due by December 15. Priorities include climate change, food security, energy, holistic wellness, and sustainable economics.

The Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee has identified environmental issues and strategies to be supported by the Fund. Indigenous Knowledge is at the center of the Fund framework, reflecting the powerful connection that Indigenous people have with their surroundings. The Fund priorities reflect a responsibility to the land, air, water, plants, and future generations.

Priority Environmental Issues:

1) Climate Change - Alaska Natives are already feeling the impacts of climate change at an alarming rate, including the threats of erosion and reduced sea ice, and the impact of warming temperatures upon migration patterns/food sources. The Fund will support the documentation and application of Indigenous Knowledge and other strategies to inform efforts to address climate change and protect cultures and communities.

2) Food Security - Food security in Alaska Native communities is threatened by unsustainable development, especially large-scale industrial fishing. The Fund will support Alaska Native stewardship of marine resources, including marine mammals and fish (salmon are a critical species).

3) Sustainable Economies - Resource extraction and lack of economic opportunities impact community health, access to subsistence foods, and overall community vitality. The Fund will support Alaska Native strategies to reduce these impacts and support a transition to more sustainable economic development. Projects considered will work toward creating sustainable opportunities and will be awarded to non-profit organizations including tribes and municipalities. For-profit business projects and individuals do not qualify for funding under this category.

4) Energy - Skyrocketing energy costs threaten the very existence of rural Alaska Native villages, pushing many to relocate in urban centers. The Fund will support innovative renewable energy and energy conservation strategies that build local economies and sustain Alaska Native cultures.

5) Holistic Wellness - Healthy and resilient individuals and communities are important for the future. Holistic Wellness includes cultural, social, mental and physical health. The Fund will support work that aims to advance Alaska Native Health.

All qualifying applicants engaged in the priority issues above must incorporate at least one of these core strategies:

1) Policy Development - Research, planning, and application of Indigenous Knowledge to impact policy

2) Leadership - Investing in emerging leaders, Elder voices, exchanges, and mentoring

3) Youth Organizing - Youth identify issues and solutions, and are the project leaders*

4) Communication & Technology - Using tools to connect people and inspire change

5) Art and Expression - Connecting cultural and environmental preservation

6) Gathering - Bringing people together to share strategies, success stories, and collaborate (note: the Alaska Native Fund will sponsor bi-annual Gatherings, but will also fund projects that bring people together)

*The ANF Steering Committee will consider grants for qualifying organizations interested in incorporating youth organizing projects. The grant range is smaller because the expectation is that young people are volunteering their time to implement projects that will be addressed at the local level.

** Grant awards to individuals will be paid on a reimbursement basis as project expenses are incurred. ACF will work with individual grantees on a case by case basis.


Organization Grant: $10,000 - $20,000
Individual Grant: Up to $10,000
-Youth Organizing Grant: Up to $5,000.

Eligible applicants include:

-501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, Tribes or other Alaska Native nonprofit organizations

-Organizations with Alaska Native majority on the Council or Board of Directors

-Alaska Native individuals for charitable activities

-Organizations working to have impact at the community, regional, or statewide level

-If prior grantee, be in good standing with ACF

-Applicants that engage Alaska Native communities but do not have Alaska Native leadership are not eligible for funding. Prior grantees that did not complete grant reporting requirements are also ineligible.

-October 15, 2016: Letter of Inquiry (LOI) application process opens.
-December 15, 2016: LOI due date
-February 1, 2017: Invitations for Full Proposals announced
-March 31, 2017: Full Proposals Due
-May 2017: Grant Awards Announced

The 2016-2017 application cycle opens October 15, 2016.

Applicants must identify the type and amount of funding they are requesting from ANF in their LOI.

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

Ricardo Lopez, Program Officer
(907) 276-1917

Alaska Conservation Foundation
911 West 8th Avenue, Suite 300
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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