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Social Justice Fund Grants

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
Tribes, and Organizations to Promote Social Equity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

02/24/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Alaska nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, schools, and tribes to promote social equity. Funding is intended to support programs that address social disparities and improve health outcomes. Grant funds may be used for operating support or for creating or expanding programs.

The goals of the program are to support strategic collaborations that prioritize and promote strong civic engagement; access to quality health care; leadership development; and equal rights; and allow Alaskans to address the root causes of challenging social justice issues within their communities and across the state. ACF is highly interested in innovative programs and collaborative efforts that address systemic change related to social justice issues within their communities and champion leadership development.

Key Considerations

To be considered for funding, proposals must support efforts that are collaborative in nature, committed to leadership development, and actively address systemic social justice issues in Alaska.

Support Available:

  1. Program Expansion or Creation- Supports specific projects or programs that serve the community and are linked to an organization’s primary mission.
  2. General Operational Support- Supports operations of organizations and programs directly addressing social justice issues. Organizations must demonstrate that general operating support is sustainable beyond the period for requested funds.

ACF seeks to support organizations that:

  • The organization’s leadership and board are composed of individuals who represent and are accountable to the communities served.
  • The organization consults with the communities it serves and incorporates community priorities as part of its core focus.
  • The organization collaborates with local partners working on similar issues and has a clear vision and strategy for improving the quality of life in the communities it serves.
  • The organization empowers community members to take collective action in addressing community needs.
  • The organization is interested in long-term, fundamental, ideological shifts in relation to social justice issues.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180993

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

ACF anticipates awarding 8 to 12 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards through this program will range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards may be eligible for renewal for an additional year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits, tribes, schools, faith-based organizations, local government agencies, programs, and grassroots organizations may apply for programmatic and sustainable general operating support.

The following are not eligible for grant funding:
- Individuals
- State or federal government agencies
- For-profit organizations or businesses
- 501(c)(4) organizations (civic leagues, social welfare organizations, or local associations of employees)
- 501 (c)(6) organizations (local chamber organizations, business leagues, or real estate boards)
- Requests for endowment building, deficit financing, direct fundraising costs, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of a political nature. However, research and educational activities are permitted.
- Advertisements, sponsorships, special events
- Activities that improperly discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed or ethnicity or grants for religious indoctrination or other religious activities
- Activities outside the State of Alaska

Pre-Application Information:

This opportunity is open from January 13, 2021, until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. ACF anticipates that grants will be awarded in mid-April 2021.

Those interested in applying are strongly encouraged to call ACF staff prior to submitting an online application. ACF is happy to discuss if your organization is a likely candidate for funding.

If you have an open grant at ACF, your organization may apply as long as all reporting requirements are up to date. Past Social Justice Fund grantees seeking to reapply should speak with ACF Staff.

ACF’s online application instructions:

Contact Information:

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

ACF’s online grants management system:

ACF Contact Information:

Stefanie O’Brien, Program Officer of Grants & Scholarships
(907) 274-6710

Jeff Dickson, Grants Administrator
(907) 249-6628

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

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