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Grants

Thanks to our donors' generosity,

Arctic Slope Community Foundation is changing lives and improving the quality of life for the people of the Arctic Slope through grants to a variety of non-profit organizations in the region.

2021 ASCF GRANT GUIDELINES

These guidelines are for organizations seeking funding from Arctic Slope Community Foundation (ASCF). They are not a guarantee for success in obtaining a grant. Grant proposals are evaluated with respect to available dollars and alignment with the mission of the Arctic Slope Community Foundation. A decision to deny a grant request does not imply that the Foundation rejects the merit of the proposal, the need it addresses, or the organization itself.

Please read these guidelines in their entirety and understand the information that is outlined. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Darian Danner, Development Officer at the Foundation. Darian can be reached at (907) 583-1350 via call or text or email at darian@arcticslopecommunity.org.

ASCF GRANTS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Arctic Slope Community Foundation (ASCF) has issued over $428,000 to eligible entities serving the Arctic Slope communities in 2020.  This is possible through the generosity of the Foundation's donors—individuals, families, and organizations committed to improving the region's quality of life. The Board of Directors has allocated $750,000 to the following three designated funds:

  • Food Security Designated Fund $500,000

  • Healthy Communities Designated Fund $200,000

  • Education Designated Fund $50,000
     

Arctic Slope Community Foundation is pleased to continue its longtime tradition of grantmaking in the 2021 Grants cycle. This document describes who can apply for grant funding, how to apply, and what kind of charitable activities are eligible to receive funding.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must fit into one of the following categories:

  • 501(c)(3) organization

  • Government entity

  • Federally recognized tribe

  • Public educational institution

  • Religious institution

 

HOW TO APPLY

All ASCF grant applications are completed online and the required documents must be attached with the application. The application and can be found at https://arcticslopecf.submittable.com/submit

 

APPLICATION OVERVIEW

  • Summary: Asks for basic information about your organization and proposal.

  • Community Need: Asks why your activity is needed and whom it will serve in terms of location.

  • Proposal Plan: Asks for a detailed description of your activity, including any collaboration between your organization and other entities.

  • Proposal Budget: Asks for a detailed proposal budget and price quotes (if applicable).

  • Application Agreement: States the terms and conditions for applying for and administering a grant from ASCF's Food Security Grant Program.

GRANT PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

Approval of ASCF grant funds are based on the following criteria:

  • All required documents are submitted for review by the ASCF Grants Committee and/or ASCF Board of Directors.

  • Proposal Requests demonstrate the following:

    • Supports the mission and goals of the Arctic Slope Community Foundation.

    • Supports one or more of the following Arctic Slope communities:

      • Anaktuvuk Pass

      • Atqasuk

      • Kaktovik

      • Nuiqsut

      • Point Hope

      • Point Lay

      • Utqiagvik (Barrow)

      • Wainwright

    • The proposal must have support from the community leaders and the Arctic Slope community.

    • The proposal is not a reproduction of efforts carried out by similar organizations in the community; and

    • The proposal complies with State and Federal statutes for eligibility. 
       

ELIGIBLE CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES

ASCF funding priorities are for those proposals that support:

Food Security Grants

  • Program funding for the purchase of grocery items for distribution at local food banks.

  • Capital/commodity funding for capital/commodity purchases for equipment, a commodity, or making a minor capital improvement to enable food bank operations.

Healthy Communities Grants

  • Proposals support health, safety, and human/social services.

  • Proposals support Inupiaq arts, culture, and language projects and initiatives.
     

Education Grants

To provide resources for educational projects and initiatives.

 

GRANT CATEGORIES

The ASCF Grant Program funds the following types of grants:

  • Event – Choose "event" if the duration of the charitable activity described in the proposal is less than a week.

  • Project – Choose "project" if the duration of the charitable activity described in the proposal has a beginning and ending date and lasts between one week and three years.

  • Program – Choose "program" if the duration of the charitable activity described in the proposal is ongoing.

  • Capital/Commodity – Choose "capital/commodity" if you are purchasing equipment, a commodity, or making a minor capital improvement that will allow you to serve or further your ability to serve your clients.

LEVEL OF GRANT FUNDS, REQUIREMENTS & APPROVALS

We accept grant applications on a rolling basis. You can submit a grant application at any time of the year.

Micro-purchases (Up to $10,000)
 

Requirements. The ASCF Grants committee will evaluate grant requests under $10,000, and a notification of approval or denial will be delivered within ten business days of the application submission. All grants applications, including those under $10,000, must include the following Tier I grant requirements:
Tier I

  1. Charitable designation documents.

  2. Financial statements or tax records for the most recent year.

  3. Amount requested. 

  4. General narrative for the grant request.
     

Review. The ASCF grants committee will review grants up to $10,000, and a decision of approval or denial will be delivered in no longer than ten business days.

Small purchases (Requests up to $150,000)

Requirements. Grants applications between $10,000 and $35,000, must include the following Tier I & Tier II grant requirements:

Tier I

  1. Charitable designation documents.

  2. Financial statements or tax records for the most recent year.

  3. Amount requested.

  4. General narrative for the grant requests.

Tier II

    5. Third-party price quote for the basis of the grant request.

    6. One letter of support from community organization officials or grant applicant partners.

Review. The ASCF grants committee reviews grants under $10,000, and a decision of approval or denial will be delivered in no longer than ten business days. Grant requests of $35,000 or more are evaluated quarterly by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Large purchases ($150,000 and higher)

Requirements.  Grant applications above $150,000, must include the following

Tier I, Tier II. and Tier III grant requirements:

Tier I

  1. Charitable designation documents.

  2. Financial statements or tax records for the most recent year.

  3. Amount requested.

  4. General narrative for the grant requests.

Tier II

    5. Third-party price quote for the basis of the grant request.

Tier III

    6. Two letters of support from community organization officials or grant applicant partners.

    7. One Resolution of support passed by the applicant organization. 

Review. Grants over $150,000 are evaluated quarterly by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

 

PROPOSAL REVIEW

Arctic Slope Community Foundation is committed to a fair and objective proposal review process.

Grant applications will be reviewed based on the amount requested.  The ASCF Board of Directors has authorized the Executive Director authority to evaluate grant applications of $35,000 or less to expedite and effectively deploy the grantmaking process. The Board of Directors will review proposals requesting an amount over $35,000 quarterly.

 Foundation staff adheres to carefully considered conflict of interest and confidentiality policies throughout the review and approval process. Foundation staff is available to meet with grant applicants upon request as a part of the review process. Grant award decisions are final.

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

Arctic Slope Community Foundation does not fund the following types of expenditures:

  • General operations, administrative, indirect, or overhead costs

  • Deficits or debt reduction

  • Reimbursements for items or services already purchased

  • Political activities or attempts to influence action on specific legislation

  • Grants to individuals, including scholarship awards

  • Charitable activities that require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services.  However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for non-religious purposes.

  • Proposals that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national/ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran's status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted through the Foundation's online application portal.  Grant applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline to apply. Contact Development Officer Darian Danner. 

Darian can be reached at (907) 583-1350 via call or text or email at darian@arcticslopecommunity.org.

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