Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Grant Program

The Alaska Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $3,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 9, 2019 6:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity Hospital / Clinic Elementary / Secondary School College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Grant Program

The Jessica Stevens Community Foundation (JSCF), an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF), seeks applications from qualified, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalents) that support organizations and programs in the Upper Susitna Valley and serve the needs of people in such areas as health, education, human services, arts and culture, and the preservation and enjoyment of the natural environment. Individual grant amounts will be awarded from $500-$3,000 for a total of up to $16,000.

Awarded grant proposals must be completed within one year of receiving a grant. A final grant report must be received before the grantee will be eligible for another grant opportunity from ACF/JSCF.

Evaluation Criteria

The JSCF Grants Committee is composed of volunteer Advisory Board members and other community members. The committee strives to facilitate a competitive process that is fair and transparent, and all eligible applications are reviewed and evaluated using a scoring matrix by each committee member. 

Applications should detail measurable and achievable outcomes and demonstrate other sources of support, collaboration, and/or cooperation. Applications should also address the sustainability of the proposed program or project for which funding is desired. Evaluation criteria include but are not limited to the overall merit of the project, the ability of the organization to successfully complete the project, the clarity and measurability of the project’s goal, the feasibility of the time frame given for completion of the project, and the number of people served. 

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  • Eligibility Criteria
    • The Jessica Stevens Community Foundation (JSCF), an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF), seeks applications from qualified, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations that support charitable organizations and programs in the Upper Susitna Valley. 
  • Fiscal Sponsorship:
    • Ineligible organizations may be able to receive funding for projects if they seek support from a qualified organization who is willing to provide fiscal sponsorship.
    • Fiscal sponsors must agree to take legal and fiscal responsibility for accepting grant funds from JSCF on behalf of the ineligible organization.
    • A letter from a fiscal sponsor must be submitted with the application for the project be considered. 


  • Preference will be given to applications which have the potential to impact a broad range of Upper Susitna Valley area residents.


  • Ineligible organizations or activities:
    • Individuals, for-profit, 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), and non-Alaska based organizations, private or family foundations, and state and federal government agencies are not eligible for competitive grants.
    • Applications for religious indoctrination or other religious activities, endowment building, deficit financing, fundraising, lobbying, electioneering, and activities of political nature will not be considered, nor will proposals for ads, sponsorships, or special events and any proposals which discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual preference, age, disability, creed, or ethnicity.
      • Exceptions: In selected cases, projects undertaken by organizations that normally fall outside the above guidelines may be able to receive funding.
        • Examples include religious organizations whose proposal impacts the broader community, and units of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions that impact the broader community.