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.  If you have a project or organizational need to discuss, we encourage you to contact any member of the Advisory Board.

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, including Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, and Sunshine.


Healthy Communities Grant Cycle

The Jessica Stevens Community Foundation’s 2024 Healthy Communities Grant Program is open from Wednesday, May 1, through 5:00pm AKST on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Please review the 2024 JSCF Grant Guidelines to determine your eligibility before applying. Applications can be submitted through the online grant system.

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 or organizations that support the arts, healthcare, innovative education, social engagement, recreation and the natural environment. We seek projects that have the potential to impact a broad range of residents. Projects engaging collaboration with other organizations are encouraged. 

JSCF seeks 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 Northern Susitna Valley communities. Healthy Community Grant applications are accepted May through mid June with awards given in August.

If you are a current grantee needing 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, at: 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 Grantees