Grants & Community Projects

As an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation’s (JSCF) goal is to support projects that enhance the quality of life for northern Susitna Valley residents, addressing immediate needs while working toward long-term improvements. We are continually listening and learning about what is important to you.

We use proceeds from our growing permanent endowment to award yearly and discretionary grants to support charitable organizations and programs in the northern Susitna Valley area. Grants support a broad range of community needs, including health and wellness, education, the great outdoors, arts and culture, and community development. 

Please feel free to contact any member of the Advisory Board if you have a project you hope we’ll support.


The Jessica Stevens Community Foundation Healthy Communities Grant Cycle is designed to support charitable organizations and programs in the Northern Susitna Valley. The focus of the cycle is for projects that support compassionate health care, innovative education, community enrichment, active enjoyment of the natural environment, and arts and cultural expression. We seek projects that have the potential to impact a broad range of residents. Projects engaging collaboration with other organizations are encouraged. 

We seek applications from qualified, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalents, such as Tribal entities, schools, and faith-based organizations) that support charitable organizations and programs in Upper Susitna Valley communities.

If you are a current grantee and need to complete a grant report or other follow-up, please note that these are completed using the online grant system.

For help, see the Online Grant Reporting Tutorial

Please direct general questions to JSCF’s Program Manager, Christie Seay, at: Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to ACF’s Affiliate Program staff, or 907-334-6700.

2023 Grant Awards

In 2023, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 12 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $18,000! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2023 Healthy Community Grant. Below are the names of the organizations that, donors like you, helped support this year.

GranteeProject NameAmount
Denali Arts Council

Operation support

Friends of the Talkeetna Library

Reading programs, storytime, literary camp, computer courses

Sunshine Station Child Care

Operational support

Susitna River CoalitionWild Su Feast and educational speaker series$1,000
SuValley Highschool PTSAProvide art and other school supplies$1,000
Talkeetna Community Radio Inc.Support for news reporting$1,000
Talkeetna Elementary School PTA

Cross-country program/classroom projects/healthy snacks

Talkeetna Historical Society

Operational support for museum

Talkeetna Youth HockeyFunds for kid’s hockey equipment $1,000
Trapper Creek Community Services

Operation support for Free Box

Upper Susitna Food Pantry

Funds for Thanksgiving Blessing Food Baskets

Upper Susitna Seniors, Inc.Senior-focused cooking classes,
computer skills, exercise groups

Previous Grant Awards


2019 Grantees

2018 Grantees

2017 Grantees

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees223