Organizational Capacity  

Supporting Organizations that Build the Conservation Movement


Alaska Conservation Foundation’s (ACF) Organizational Capacity grants support organizations that are working to strengthen and expand Alaska’s conservation movement, based upon elements of ACF’s Theory of Change. The Theory of Change is a guide that helps ACF prioritize functions, commit resources and develop strategies toward reaching our long-term outcomes.

Please read below for selection criteria and the application process.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered for an Organizational Capacity grant, an organization must already demonstrate a commitment to achieve more robust environmental policies, enduring conservation impact, and a more influential conservation movement through implementation of ACF’s favored conservation strategies. Only organizations whose work strongly aligns with two or more of these strategies should consider submitting an application.

Successful applicants that meet the above criteria will propose a clear plan for strengthening their organizational capacity, considering the best practices identified by ACF. ACF does not expect applicants to already follow all of these practices. ACF will favor applications that offer an honest and adequate assessment of current capacity, and a prioritization of capacity building goals.

ACF favors the following conservation strategies:

  • Innovation
  • Civic Engagement & Citizen Action
  • Diverse Partnerships
  • Problem Solving
  • Collaboration
  • Public Awareness & Education

ACF supports the following best practices for organizational capacity:

  • Sustainable funding
  • Effective leadership
  • Stable staffing
  • Effective governance
  • Volunteer engagement & support
  • Sound business practices
  • Effective technology


Applicants for Organizational Capacity grants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a nonprofit organization engaged in conservation advocacy
  • Be based in Alaska, or have an Alaska-based program with a formally-appointed Alaska advisory board
  • Focus operations within Alaska
  • If a current ACF grantee, be in good standing with required grant reports
  • Organizations whose primary focus is conducting research, providing educational programs, or purchasing land or land use easements are not eligible for this program.

Important note for current grantees:


Applications for the 2016 Organizational Capacity grants will be available July 1, 2016. To apply for a 2016 Organizational Capacity grant, please use ACF’s online system. 

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.)

Once the registration process is complete exit the online application system, return to this webpage and click the “Start an Application” link below.

Start an Application HERE.

Reporting Requirements

All grant recipients are required to submit an interim and final report as outlined in the grant contract using the reporting templates provided by ACF.


If you have questions regarding Organizational Capacity grants, please email