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.

2022 Grant Awards

In 2022, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 14 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $35,000! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2022 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 Operation support for all programs $5,000
Denali Education Center Funds to purchase computer equipment $1,600
Denali Nordic Ski Club Funds for skis and poles for Jr. nordic $800
Denali Nordic Ski Club Funds for a new groomer $1,000
Sunshine Station Child Care Operational support $5,000
Susitna River Coalition Education series $1,500
SuValley Highschool Incentives for students $1,000
Talkeetna Community Radio Inc. Support for news reporting $2,000
Talkeetna Elementary School/
Denali Arts Council
Funds for art teachers provided by DAC $5,000
Talkeetna Historical Society Purchase of benches and chairs for green space $2,000
Talkeetna Youth Hockey Funds for hockey equipment  $2,000
Trapper Creek Community Services Operation support for Free Box $2,100
Upper Susitna Food Pantry Support for the Thanksgiving Blessing, a refrigerator, and support for kids program related to the community garden $5,000
Upper Susitna Softball Association Surface Prep. Dirt work/Landscaping, Netting near field $1,000

Previous Grant Awards


2019 Grantees

2018 Grantees

2017 Grantees

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees22