Rapid Response  

Responding to Fast-breaking, Unforeseen Opportunities & Threats


Alaska Conservation Foundation’s (ACF) Rapid Response grants provide support for direct conservation advocacy to address unforeseen opportunities or threats of statewide or national significance, leading to more robust environmental policy and enduring conservation impact.

Rapid Response grants range from $2,500 to $10,000 for efforts that extend for no more than six months.


Applicants for Rapid Response grants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-profit organization engaged in Alaska conservation advocacy;
  • Be based in Alaska, or have an Alaska-based program; and
  • If a current ACF grantee, be in good standing with required grant reports.

The following activities/costs are not eligible for Rapid Response grants:

  • Operating expenses including existing staff salaries
  • Expenses/activities that have already occurred
  • Equipment
  • Land acquisition
  • Research
  • Education programs
  • Capital campaigns
  • Literary and/or film projects
  • Scholarships
  • Special events
  • Fees to attend conferences

Selection Criteria

Rapid Response grants support activities that result in:

  • Reduction in destructive environmental activities;
  • More favorable laws and policies for the environment;
  • Stronger regulation of these policies and enforcement of these laws;
  • Stronger environmental protections in place; and/or
  • More sustainable economic development or activities.

Projects will have clearly identified:

  • Goals
  • Decision Makers
  • Strategy
  • Timeline
  • Measurable Outcomes


ACF is currently accepting proposals for Rapid Response grants. If you believe your project qualifies, please submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to grants@alaskaconservation.org or fax to (907) 274-4145.

Reporting Requirements

All grant recipients are required to submit a final report as outlined in the grant contract using the reporting template provided by ACF.


If you have questions regarding Rapid Response grants, please email grants@alaskaconservation.org