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 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. We are currently focusing our grantmaking on 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 and show collaboration with other organizations.

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

JSCF’s Competitive Grant Program

Our 2019 competitive grants cycle was open from May 1 at 9:00 AM to June 30 by 5:00 PM. 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.

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.

JSCF Competitive Grant Guidelines

Online Grant Application Tutorial

Online Grant Reporting Tutorial

2019 Grant Awards

In 2019, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 14 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $17,650! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2019 Healthy Community Grant. Below are the names of the organizations that, donors like you, helped support this year.

Grantee Project Name Amount
Denali Arts Council Operating Support $1,000
Friends of the Library Literary Walking Trail, Yoga for Kids $450
Mat-Su Borough School District Talkeetna Community Schools $650
Sunshine Transit Food Bank Outreach $2,000
Susitna Valley Jr. Sr. High School Visit Washington D.C. $500
Susitna Valley Jr. Sr. High School Denali NP Field Trip $2,000
Susitna Valley Sr. Jr. High School Parent Teacher Student Association Art Club – after school programming $700
Talkeetna Community Radio Inc. KTNA Local News and Emergency Information $2,000
Talkeetna Elementary PTA Elementary Art Teacher $2,000
Trapper Creek Community Services Free Box $1,625
Upper Susitna Food Pantry Growing Forward-Developing a Sustainable Food System through Collaborative Gardening $2,000
Upper Susitna Seniors Inc. Meals on Wheels $925
Upper Susitna Softball Association Talkeetna Softball Field Fence Extension $800
Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District Talkeetna’s Youth Conservation Corps $1,000

Previous Grant Awards

2018 Grantees

2017 Grantees

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees

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