ACF: Strengthening Organizations Grant

The Alaska Community Foundation

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Predicted deadline: Sep 28, 2022

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) offers the Strengthening Organizations grant program with the goal of funding projects that will help Alaska nonprofits become better equipped to meet their missions. This program seeks applications for projects that will directly enhance the work of the applicant organization, making it stronger with well-organized systems in place and skilled employees who have the training and resources to successfully provide services.

Grant requests may be for up to $7,500; typically awards are funded in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

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.

 A more in-depth list with examples of eligible activities can be found in the full guidelines.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligibility is limited to 501(c)3 nonprofit, 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. 


  • 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; demonstrate 100% board financial giving to the organization; and have identified other financial support for the project.
  • Applications that include research into the real and estimated costs of the proposed project will be more competitive.
  • Applicants are highly encouraged to include in their grant proposal estimates and bids for contracted services and/or significant purchases for the project. 


  • Ineligible applicants include individuals; for profit, 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organizations; non-Alaska based organizations; and state or federal government agencies. 
  • Ineligible projects include: 
    • religious indoctrination or other religious activities
    • endowment building
    • deficit financing
    • lobbying
    • electioneering and activities of political nature
    • proposals for ads
    • sponsorships for special events
    • direct fundraising, including hiring a grant writer
    • reimbursement of pre-award costs
    • construction
    • purchase of real property
    • pass-through funding or other financial assistance to nonprofits
    • activities that have the potential to support terrorism
    • core government or organizational services
    • any proposals that discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, creed or ethnicity
    • direct program costs; and
    • personnel costs
  • Examples of ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to: operating expenses (staff time), technology (laptops), and memberships and fees.


This page was last reviewed August 10, 2021 and last updated August 10, 2021