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.

Competitive Grants Cycle

Our 2018 competitive grants cycle was open from May 1 to July 9 and we are not currently accepting applications. 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, Kara Walker, at Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to The Alaska Community Foundation’s Affiliate Program Officer, Shawn Rivera, at or 907-274-6708.

JSCF Competitive Grant Guidelines

Online Grant Application Tutorial

Online Grant Reporting Tutorial

2017 Grant Awards

In 2017, the Jessica Stevens Community Foundation awarded a total of 11 grants to Upper Susitna nonprofits for a total of $16,000! We are so proud to be supporting these organizations with a 2017 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
KTNA, Talkeetna Community Radio Studio console replacement $1,500
Mat-Su Borough School District Talkeetna Community Schools $1,000
Mat-Su Imagination Library Imagination Library $1,350
Northern Susitna Institute AmeriCorps Afterschool Program $1,000
Sunshine Community Health Center Sunshine Transit $1,000
Talkeetna Elementary Artist in Residence 2018: Missoula Children’s Theater $2,000
Talkeetna Historical Society Planning for property rehabilitation $1,500
Trapper Creek Community Services Assoc. Free Box $1,650
Upper Susitna Food Pantry Food purchase and food transportation $3,000
USS & WCD Youth Conservation Corps Program $1,000

Previous Grant Awards

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

2014 Grantees

2013 Grantees

2012 Grantees

2011 Grantees

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