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Strengthening Organizations Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies, Churches, and
Tribes for Organizational Capacity-Building Activities

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, agencies, churches, and tribes for organizational capacity-building activities. Eligible projects include training, financial management, technology infrastructure, strategic and business planning, fundraising plans, community building, and executive director recruitment or coaching.

The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) offers the Strengthening Organizations grant program with the goal of helping Alaska nonprofits become better equipped to meet their missions. This program supports projects that strengthen the applicant organization, ensuring it has well-organized systems in place and skilled employees who have the training and resources to successfully provide services. 

Grant awards will support nonprofit staff and board of directors in their efforts to access tools, develop practical skills, and cultivate support systems needed to effectively achieve the organization’s mission in the areas of leadership development, organizational development, program development, collaboration, and community engagement, and evaluation of effectiveness. 

Eligible Projects - Applicants may select only one capacity building activity to be accomplished at a time with Strengthening Organizations grant funding, from the following categories:

  1. Board training and/or board related consultants
  2. Staff/volunteer training and leadership development
  3. Financial management (e.g., accounting software or consultation)
  4. Strategic or business planning (e.g., strategic planning, program evaluation, communications or business plans, policy creation, etc.)
  5. Community building (e.g., events/conferences to build professional networks, community needs assessment)
  6. Technology infrastructure (non-capital costs, e.g., donor tracking systems, website upgrades, etc.)
  7. Executive director recruitment or coaching
  8. Fundraising plans (e.g., creating and implementing a fundraising or donor development plan)

For additional information on these project types, see:

Priorities: Due to limited budgeted funds for each grant program year, preference will be given to small, rural organizations or projects that result in stronger outreach or programming to rural communities; demonstrate accountability, cultural sensitivity, and unify communities; are politically neutral and environmentally sound; empower the disadvantaged or underserved; are collaborative and show community support.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178728

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be for up to $10,000; typically awards are funded in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

Term of Contract:

All awarded projects are required to be completed within one calendar year from the date grant funds are received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to 501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. Equivalent organizations may include tribes, churches, local government agencies, and programs. Organizations must have their federal designation as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, or equivalent, for a year or more.

The following are not eligible for grant funding:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations or businesses
- State or federal government agencies
- 501(c)(4) or (c)(6)
- Non-Alaska based organizations

For ineligible projects and examples of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

Strengthening Organizations will accept applications for the first round of funding from August 3rd through September 28th, 2021.

Applications will be accepted up to four times per year, with reviews of submitted applications occurring once a quarter

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 requesting a review.

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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 questions, to request a draft review, or for difficulties with the online grant system, please contact an ACF Program staff member at or call 907-334-6700.

For questions, please contact ACF’s VP of Programs & Grants, Eleanor Huffines, at or Senior Program Officer of Grants & Scholarships, Stefanie O’Brien, at

The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503

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