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.
2014 Funding Criteria
The Alaska Native Fund Steering Committee has identified environmental issues and strategies to be supported by the Fund. Indigenous Knowledge is at the center of the Fund framework, reflecting the powerful connection that Indigenous people have with their surroundings.
Priority Environmental Issues: The Fund will support work in the following arenas:
Core Strategies: The Fund will support the following strategies:
Youth Organizing: youth identify issues and solutions, and are the project leaders*
*We will consider up to three grants for qualifying youth organizing projects.
In order to be eligible for an Alaska Native Fund grant, you or your organization must perform work that aligns with the priority environmental issues and core strategies supported by the Fund. In addition, you must:
Applicants that engage Alaska Native communities but do not have Alaska Native leadership (defined above) are not eligible for this funding.
Applicants must identify the type of funding they are requesting from ANF in their LOI, and the amount of funding must be within the ANF grant ranges (above).
Applicants who believe their project meets ACF criteria should submit a Letter of Inquiry via ACF’s online application system. If your project is of interest, ACF will invite a full proposal. Helpful hints for using the online system HERE.
Register in the online system: First time users click HERE to register your organization before starting the application process.
(Please note, only register your organization once.)
Start a new Alaska Native Fund Letter of Inquiry: click HERE.
(Please note: applicant must have already registered to begin a new application)
Return to the online system: click HERE to complete an in-progress LOI / application, review past applications, or complete reporting requirements.
*If you would like to participate in a pre-application teleconference, please contact Loren Peterson at email@example.com. Teleconferences will take place October 8, 2014 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, and November 12, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.
Please review the Alaska Native Fund guidelines HERE before contacting us with any questions you may have. Questions may be directed to Program Manager, Loren Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or (907) 276-1917.