ACF: Strengthening Organizations Grant

The Alaska Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alaska

Location of residency: Alaska

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Overview:

NOTE: To best position your application for success, applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with ACF staff ahead of time to discuss their project and to submit a draft proposal for review by ACF staff. Draft reviews are available. 

Goal

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 $10,000; typically awards are funded in the $3,000 to $5,000 range. 

All awarded projects are required to be completed within one calendar year from the date grant funds are received. Prior Strengthening Organizations grant award recipients may apply for additional capacity building support once all grant reporting requirements have been completed on the previous grant award.

Projects

Applicants may select only one capacity building activity to be accomplished at a time with Strengthening Organizations grant funding. A more in-depth list with examples of eligible activities can be found in the full guidelines:

Allowable Capacity Building Activities

  • Leadership Development. Examples: create board policies, create an executive succession plan, provide management/leadership training to staff, and attend conferences and/or trainings.
  • Organizational Development. Examples: create a staff performance review process, create a strategic plan, create and implement financial management procedures, create a revenue development plan.
  • Collaboration and Community Development. Examples: establish partnership agreements, create action plan for coordinating/collaborating, and create a map/inventory of community assets.
  • Evaluation of Effectiveness. Examples: collect information related to service recipient outcomes, develop programmatic success measures, and implement systems to keep information related to client needs, referral sources and services provided.
  • Nonprofit Consolidation. Examples: planning merger of multiple nonprofit organizations into one, planning for transfer of programming and/or services to another ongoing organization upon closure of a nonprofit.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Preferences:

  • 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. 

Ineligibility:

  • 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.