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Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future (VFAF) Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Schools,
and Churches to Improve Vocational Skills

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

10/19/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Alaska nonprofits, agencies, schools, tribes, and churches for projects that advance the occupational skills of Alaskans, especially in remote areas. Funding is intended for projects that enhance Alaska's economy, particularly with regard to natural resource development.

Proposed projects focus on efforts to build a highly qualified and highly skilled workforce in Alaska’s natural resource development industries and should be focused on:

Building skills of relevance for Alaskans of all ages in areas such as:

  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Welding
  • Mining
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • And other related disciplines. 

Projects that build career awareness, employability skills, and promote cross-sector skill acquisition will be especially competitive.

Preferences for:

  • Oil, gas and mining industries. 
  • Projects that benefit rural Alaska or programs that reach rural communities in Alaska.

Applications for new and continuing programs will be accepted. Overhead and Indirect costs will be considered eligible expenses under this grant program but cannot exceed 10% of the total request.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176160

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant amounts range from $10,000-$50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded projects must be completed within 18 months from the date of grant disbursement. Extensions may be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit or equivalent organizations located in the state of Alaska. Equivalent organizations may include tribes, schools, churches, local government agencies and programs.

Ineligible applicants include: individuals, for profit, 501(c)(4) or (c)(6) organizations, non-Alaska based organizations; and state or federal government agencies.

Ineligible projects include religious indoctrination or other religious activities; endowment building; deficit financing; fundraising; lobbying; electioneering and activities of political nature; proposals for ads; sponsorships or special events; direct fundraising, including hiring a grant writer; reimbursement of pre-award costs; construction; purchase of real property; pass-through funding or other financial assistance to nonprofits; activities that have the potential to support terrorism; core government or organizational services; and any proposals that discriminate as to race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, creed, or ethnicity.

Exceptions: In selected cases, projects undertaken by organizations that normally fall outside the above guidelines may be eligible to receive funding. Examples include a religious organization whose proposal impacts the broader community; or a unit of government whose proposal extends beyond the traditional governmental functions and impacts the broader community.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Applications: 5:00 PM, October 19,2021

Please contact ACF staff by phone or email to discuss your ideas. A draft review of your application is strongly encouraged. If your organization would like to have a draft review of your application, complete and save your application, but do not submit. Please email The Alaska Community Foundation at least two (2) weeks prior to the deadline requesting a review.

Award announcements should be made up to 6 weeks after the grant deadline.

An organization may have only one open grant through the VFAF program at any one time; new requests will not be accepted until the previous project’s final report has been successfully completed.

Applicants are eligible to receive funding for the same project for multiple years (maximum of 3 years) but must have completed the prior year’s project and have a final report submitted before applying for the next year of funding.

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