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2019 Alaska Native Social Justice Fund

Grants to Alaska Native Led Nonprofits, Tribes,
Schools, and Agencies for Social Justice Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

02/20/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Alaska Native led nonprofit organizations, tribes, schools, faith-based organizations, and local government agencies for social justice efforts. Applicants are requested to contact the funding source before submitting an application. Funding is intended to increase access to education and traditional resources, and to address over-representation in the prison system and under-representation in the political process.

The Alaska Community Foundation’s goals for the Alaska Native Social Justice Fund grant cycle are to support strategic collaborations that prioritize leadership development and allow Alaska Native communities to use their own voices to identify and address the social justice issues that are the most important to their communities.

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

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

Additionally, 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. Lower priority is given to requests to pay for staff positions, and duplication of existing services. Entities working on social justice issues pertaining to criminal justice, increased Alaska Native voice, tribal courts, education, suicide, child welfare, and subsistence are encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182668

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 $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant awards through this program may be eligible for renewal for an additional year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Your organization is a nonprofit, tribe, school, faith-based organization, local government agency, program, or grassroots organization.
- Your organization serves Alaska Natives as part of its core constituency.
- Your organization’s leadership and board are composed of individuals who represent and are accountable to the communities served.
- Your organization consults with the Alaska Native communities it serves and incorporates community priorities as part of its core focus.
- Your 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.
- Your organization empowers community members to take collective action in addressing community needs.
- Your organization is interested in long-term, fundamental, ideological shifts in relation to social justice issues.

If you have an open grant at ACF, your organization may apply as long as all reporting requirements are up to date.

The following are not eligible for grant funding:
- Individuals
- State or federal government agencies
- For-profit organizations or businesses
- Organizations dedicated to advocacy or local chamber organizations
- 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:

Deadline for applications: 5:00 PM, February 20, 2019

Please contact Katie St. John before applying. If your organization is a strong fit with the eligibility criteria and is interested in applying, ACF will discuss if your organization is a likely candidate for funding.

Application tutorial:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Katie St. John
Vice President of Programs & Grants
(907) 249-6617

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

The Alaska Community Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907-334-6700
Toll freer: 855-3366701

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska