Alaska Airlines Youth Grant Closes Soon!

Alaska Airlines Foundation is looking to partner with nonprofit organizations to support underserved youth through their LIFT grant. Meanwhile, working closely with community partners, the foundation will focus on programs, partnerships, and initiatives that inspire, empower, mentor, engage, and equip young people to connect to career opportunities and imagine what’s possible.

While this opportunity is only available to states where Alaska Airlines has a presence, including

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon, and
  • Washington

GrantWatch has additional grants in other locations to support underserved youth.

The goal of the LIFT grant is to focus on young people, especially those in underserved communities in the states above. Be quick to apply, because the deadline is this Sunday, July 31st, 2022.

What Will the Grant Fund?

Alaska Airlines is partnering with organizations that have a clear vision of equipping the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills to provide pathways for success. For this reason, the LIFT grants are designed to fund and enhance a new or current program provided by a 501(c)(3) organization. Furthermore, preference for grant decisions is for programs supporting young people between the ages of 10 and 20.

Programs should focus on at least one or more of the following:

  • Career exploration and career-connected learning experiences
  • Mentorships
  • Soft skills, critical thinking, empowerment, job training, and leadership development
  • Advanced degree or Career and Technical Certification or preparation and support
How Much Will be Awarded?

The foundation generally provides grants that range from $5,000 to $20,000. However, many of the grants available will be on the lower side of that range. The funds requested should not represent more than 10% of the organization’s overall operating budget or more than 50% of the program budget. Subsequently, the average grant will be based on the number of young people served, geographic reach, organizational capacity, size of the operating budget, demonstrated impact, and specific program budget. 

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

Eligible entities must be USA-based, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Due to regulatory considerations and the foundation’s funding focus, the following entities and activities are not eligible for funding: 

  • Nonprofit organizations without a current 501(c)(3) exempt status 
  • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations 
  • Religious organizations without a secular community designation. A secular designation is defined as an organization separate from the church or religious organization that provides services to people regardless of their religious beliefs and does not propagate a belief in a specific faith. Example: A food bank that is a separate 501(c)(3) organization from a church and provides food and meals to anyone who qualifies for services, regardless of religious belief. 
  • Hospitals and medical research institutions 
  • Individuals 
  • Universities and academic research institutions 
  • Conferences or symposia 
  • Individual schools, school districts, or Parent Teacher Associations 
  • Multi-year grants
  • Capital campaigns
  • Exhibitions and performances 
  • Individual sports teams and sports tournaments 
  • One-time volunteer events not connected to a program curriculum 
  • Trips and travel
  • Contests 
  • Festivals and parades 
  • Sponsorship of fundraising or other events including tables
  • Advertising 
  • Tickets to events 
  • Supply drives

Moreover, the Alaska Airlines Foundation will give priority funding to organizations that can demonstrate partnership and long-term program sustainability. But hurry, the deadline for this application is this Sunday, July 31st, 2022, so, be quick to apply!

Did you know, that there are currently over 1,000 grants available to support youth and youth programs? Presently, you can discover more youth-related grants accepting applications at

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