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:
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.
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:
ANF Funding Criteria
All qualifying applicants engaged in the priority issues above must incorporate at least one of these strategies:
Grant Award Range:
*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:
Applicants that engage Alaska Native communities but do not have Alaska Native leadership are not eligible for funding. Prior 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.
The 2016 ANF application cycle is no longer accepting applications.