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 Annual Grant Program

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.

Our 2020 annual grant program was open from May 15 at 9:00 am to June 15 by 5:00 pm AKST. 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.

This year, we’ve simplified our grant application to make it quicker for nonprofits to apply, especially during this time.

Grants will promote healthy communities and support a broad range of community needs, including: compassionate health care, innovative education, community enrichment, active enjoyment of the natural environment, and arts and cultural expression. Individual grant amounts will be awarded from $500 – $3,000.

Grant applications must be submitted online by 5:00pm AKST on Monday, June 15, 2020.

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 Annual Grant Guidelines

Online Grant Application Tutorial

Online Grant Reporting Tutorial

Fiscal Sponsor Letter Template


2020 Grant Awards

In 2020, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 11 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $17,000! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2020 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 Operations Support – Internet Service $2,000
Denali Nordic Ski Club Junior Nordic Program Costs $1,400
Great Land Christian Church (dba Gateway to the Arctic Camp) Agriculture Partnership Project $500
Sunshine Community Health Center Families in Crisis Fund $1000
Sunshine Station Childcare Payroll and Supply Costs $2,000
Susitna River Coalition Community Enrichment Through Watershed Engagement $1500
Talkeetna Community Radio Inc. KTNA Local News and Emergency Information $2,000
Talkeetna Elementary PTA Art Supplies and Instruction $1500
Talkeetna Historical Society Operations Costs $1500
Trapper Creek Community Services Free Box Support $1,600
Trapper Creek Elementary Community Connection Project $2,000

Previous Grant Awards

2019 Grantees

2018 Grantees

2017 Grantees

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees

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