Funding may be available for your project. Many local, state, and federal agencies offer funding to community organizations, neighborhood groups, homeowners, and others. Navigating the funding process is not easy. Here are some resources to get you started. When speaking with representatives from one funding source or non-profit organization, make sure to ask for other recommendations and potential funding sources. Network!
The U.S Environmental Protection Agency Clearinghouse for Environmental Finance is a searchable database for communities needing information for air, land and water infrastructure projects including funding sources, reports, websites, and training on financing mechanisms and approaches.
Alaska Federal Funding is a clearinghouse for information and resources to help Alaska organizations make the most of federal funding available under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Search the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition website to find the funding opportunities that best match your needs to support your projects and programs.
National Wildlife Federation’s Nature-based Solutions Funding Database is for communities interested in pursuing federal funding and/or technical assistance for nature-based solutions.
Several community foundations are affiliates of the Alaska Community Foundations and offer annual grants for organizations or projects in several regions.
The Homer Foundation offers Quick Response Grants and Community Impact Grants for projects that enhance the quality of life for citizens of the greater Homer area.
The J. Murdock Charitable Trust supports non-profits in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest through grant opportunities and other resources.
Ahtna supports non-profit organizations in the Ahtna region that address quality of life issues, culture, environmental stewardship, safety, and education.
The Alaska Conservation Foundation offers several funding opportunities to support rapid response, grassroot organizations, community leaders and more.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation administers many other competitive grants to protect and conserve our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.
Adaptation Clearinghouse’s Coastal Sector Funding Programs
Foundation Directory Online, from the Foundation Center, lists 140,000 foundations and other donors worldwide. Some basic information is free; more requires a subscription. Get access at your local library.
NOZAsearch has a large searchable database of charitable donations. Searches for foundation are free. Individual and corporate philanthropy searches require a subscription. Get access at your local library.
Contact local banks, businesses, and community foundations. Many have money budgeted for community service.
Consider crowdfunding through social media, individual donations from members of your organization, or a special event.
Candid, a service of Foundation Center, offers in-person and online classes on finding and writing grants, a knowledge base, examples of winning proposals and other documents, and more.
The Grantsmanship Center offers training and resources to help find grants and write effective grant proposals.
Classes. Many community colleges and universities offer classes on grant writing. Check the catalogs and academic schedules for your local schools.
Books. There are many books on grant writing. Check out your local library to see what might be available.
Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation’s Grant Writing Assistance Program provides the services of selected grant-writing consultants in a paid block of time in the form of a grant to eligible city or tribal governing entities.
The Alaska Federal Funding Grant Writer Hotline offers a free pre-grant application consultation to talk through their interests, eligibility, and processes for upcoming funding opportunities with an experienced grant writer.