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.
The Alaska Conservation Foundation offers several funding opportunities to support rapid response, grassroot organizations, community leaders and more.
Several community foundations are affiliates of the Alaska Community Foundations and offer annual grants for organizations or projects in several regions.
The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund aims to achieve and lead to measurable on-the-ground conservation outcomes for fish and wildlife populations and fill key information gaps through assessments and strategic monitoring.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program provides funding for projects including protection and restoration of riparian areas and beaches, watershed clean-up, education programs, and research of watershed viability.
The National Forest Foundation (NFF), Matching Awards Program (MAP) is focused on in-person community engagement and completion of stewardship activities.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Pulling Together Initiative provides grants to nonprofit organizations and government agencies interested in managing invasive and noxious plant species.
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.
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.
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.