Alaska Native Fund  

Advancing Alaska Native Priorities for Protecting the Land and Sustaining Our Ways of Life ANFLogo


Alaska Conservation Foundation (ACF), in partnership with an Alaska Native Steering Committee, launched the Alaska Native Fund in 2011 to advance Alaska Native priorities for protecting our land and sustaining our ways of life.  The fund provides an Indigenous framework for impacting critical environmental issues while promoting innovative strategies to strengthen the capacity of Alaska Native organizations and communities. The goals of the Fund are to:

  1. Leverage more foundation and donor resources for Alaska Native organizations;          
  2. Support Alaska Native strategies and solutions on environmental issues; and
  3. Build relationships that will grow and strengthen the conservation movement in Alaska.

The Alaska Native Fund will provide annual grants to qualifying Alaska Native nonprofit organizations and individuals.  In addition, through the fund we will host bi-annual Gatherings of Alaska Native organizations and foundations to address emerging environmental issues and develop relationships. To view the most recent Gathering report, please click here.

Funding Criteria

The Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee has identified environmental issues and core strategies to be supported by the Fund. Indigenous Knowledge is at the center of the Fund framework.  

Priority Environmental Issues

The Fund will support work in the following areas:

  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Sustainable Economies
  • Energy
  • Holistic Wellness

ANF Funding Criteria

Core Strategies

All qualifying applicants engaged in the priority issues above must incorporate at least one of these strategies:

  • Policy Development: research, planning, and application of Indigenous Knowledge to impact policy
  • Leadership: investing in emerging leaders, Elder voices, exchanges, and mentoring
  • Youth Organizing*: youth identify issues and solutions, and are the project leaders
  • Communication & Technology: using tools to connect people and inspire change
  • Art and Expression: connecting cultural and environmental preservation
  • Gathering: bringing people together to share strategies, success stories, and collaborate (note: the Alaska Native Fund will sponsor bi-annual Gatherings, but will also fund projects that bring people together)

Grant Award Range:

  • Organization Grant Range: $10,000-$20,000
  • Individual Grant Range**: ACF will reimburse expenses up to $10,000
  • Youth Organizing Grant Amount*: up to $5,000

*The ANF Steering Committee will consider grants for qualifying organizations interested in incorporating youth organizing projects. The grant range is smaller because the expectation is that young people are volunteering their time to implement projects that will be addressed at the local level.

**Grant awards to individuals will be paid on a reimbursement basis as project expenses are incurred. ACF will work with individual grantees on a case by case basis.


Eligible applicants include:

  • 501c3 nonprofit organizations, Tribes or other Alaska Native nonprofit organizations
  • Organizations with Alaska Native  majority on the Council or Board of Directors
  • Alaska Native individuals for charitable activities
  • Organizations working to have impact at the community, regional, or statewide level
  • If prior grantee, be in good standing with ANF program

Applicants that engage Alaska Native communities but do not have Alaska Native leadership are not eligible for fundingPrior grantees that did not fulfill grant reporting requirements are ineligible.

Applicants must identify the type and amount of funding they are requesting from ANF in their LOI.


  • September 2015:  LOI (Letter of Inquiry) Docket opens.
  • TBD: Pre-application teleconferences for interested applicants 
  • December 15, 2015: Letters of Inquiry due
  • TBD:  Invitations for Full Proposals & Declined LOIs announced
  • TBD:  Full Proposals Due
  • TBD: Grant Awards Announced


The 2016 ANF Letter of Inquiry cycle is now open. Before applying, please read the Alaska Native Fund Grant Guidelines. To apply, click here


Please review the Alaska Native Fund guidelines here before contacting us. Contact ANF Program Manager Loren Peterson or  (907) 276-1917 with questions.