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Healthy Impact Grants

Grants to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Promote Health and Wellness

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF)

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Deadline Date:

03/08/18 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $15,000 to Mat-Su Borough, Alaska nonprofit organizations and, in certain cases, religious, educational, tribal, or governmental agencies, to promote health and wellness. Applicants must submit an initial application by January 15, 2018. The grantmaking focus areas include healthy minds, healthy aging, and healthy foundations for families.

Healthy Aging: The health and independence of Mat-Su's aging citizens is one of the key focus areas of the foundation.

Healthy Minds: The goal of the Healthy Minds focus area is that all residents are able to access a complete behavioral health system of care that works.

Healthy Foundations for Families: The goal of the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area is that all Mat-Su children and families are supported by a community-wide system that prevents maltreatment and promotes family resilience.

Funding will support organizations, initiatives, and collaboratives that employ creative responses to problems; empower people; address root causes rather than symptoms; build upon community strengths; and offer measurable improvements in health and wellness.

The MSHF is particularly interested in supporting organizations that:

-Are part of local and statewide coalitions and collaborative
-Expand access to health and wellness care, especially for people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities
-Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the targeting and delivery of services to reduce health disparities.
-Foster communication, cooperation, and coordination among service providers
-Demonstrate a high degree of organizational capacity and build programs and services that are sustainable
-Have a strong and engaged board, staff and/or volunteer leadership
-Have a board of directors reflecting Mat-Su representation

Funding may be used for:

-Capacity building
-Capital projects, improvements, and equipment
-Bricks and mortar—but only within the Mat-Su Borough
-Program evaluation, environmental scans, feasibility studies, needs assessments and planning documents
-Planning and seed money
-Program costs
-Technical assistance
-Start-up costs for new projects or services
-Short-term operating funding for critical organizations in MSHF focus areas
-Policy change
-Health fairs

The MSHF prioritizes grant funding based on the following tiered structure, listed in order of highest priority:

-Tier One: A health-related project within a designated MSHF Focus Area
-Tier Two: A health-related project outside of a designated MSHF Focus Area
-Tier Three: A non-health related project contributing to a healthy community for which funding will be considered at no more than 5% of the total project cost
-Tier Four: A non-health related project contributing to a healthy community for which a letter of endorsement will be considered

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180717

Estimated Size of Grant:

Healthy Impact Grants are for projects over $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prospective grantees must provide services or benefits to Mat-Su residents and be qualified Alaskan nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations classified as “not a private foundation” under section 509(a) of the Code.

In select cases, MSHF may choose to fund health-related projects undertaken by religious, governmental, educational or tribal agencies seeking partners for health-related initiatives that impact the broader Mat-Su community and extend beyond the traditional purpose and functions of these organizations.


-Individuals, except for scholarships
-For-profit organizations
-Private foundations
-Competitive sporting clubs
-Organizations or foundations for redistribution of funds except for Mat-Su Borough-based Foundations
-Organizations with a major purpose of influencing legislation or supporting candidates for political or appointed office
-Organizations that discriminate by reason of race, religion, gender, national origin, or political orientation
-Organizations or projects that directly support operations and services of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

Not Funded:

-Loans, except through Program Related Investments (PRI's)
-Deficits, or debt reduction
-Pass-through funding
-Reimbursement for items in a completed project or items already purchased
-Ongoing operating or program funding, except for critical organizations in MSHF focus areas

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants seeking funding under the Healthy Impact grant program must first submit a Project Pitch application. Project Pitches submitted prior to the deadline will be evaluated, and applicants will be contacted after the deadline and advised whether they will be invited to move forward to the full application process.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your Project Pitch. This email will also include a link that you can use to log back into your account to complete your application if the Project Pitch is accepted.

All grantees will be notified of their grant application's funding status approximately 90 days following the close of the applicable grant cycle.

2018 Cycle One:
Project Pitch: January 1, 2018 through January 15, 2018
Full Application: January 25, 2018 through March 8, 2018

2018 Cycle Two (Tentative):
Project Pitch: May 21, 2018 through June 5, 2018
Full Application: June 11, 2018 through July 23, 2018

Grant Guidelines:

Focus Areas:


Contact Information:

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

Vickie Reese, Grants Management Assistant

Mat-Su Health Foundation
950 E. Bogard Rd., Suite 218
Wasilla, AK 99654

P: (907) 352-2863
F: (907) 352-2865

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska: Mat-Su Borough