Grants & Community Projects

As an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, the Ketchikan Community Foundation’s (KCF) goal is to support projects that enhance the quality of life for Ketchikan area 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 Ketchikan area. Grants support a broad range of community needs on a rotating cycle of three themes: physical and emotional support, youth, and community enrichment. 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 2019 competitive grants cycle will be open from January 15 to March 6. 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 KCF’s Program Manager, Emily Chapel, at echapel@alaskacf.org. Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to The Alaska Community Foundation at grants@alaskacf.org or 907-334-6700.

KCF Competitive Grant Guidelines

Online Grant Application Tutorial

Online Grant Reporting Tutorial


2018 Grant Awards

These grant awards were made to nonprofits that supported community enrichment.

Grantee

Project Name Amount
Tongass Historical Society Ketchikan Oral History Project $1,680
Ketchikan Pioneers Home Foundation Hydroponics Project $7,420
Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad Avalanche I Search & Rescue Training $6,110
Rainbird Community Broadcast Corp (KRBD) Help Our News Director! $2,150
First Lutheran Childcare Center First Lutheran Childcare Center $3,000
First City Players StarPath Theater Academy $3,200
Courageous Conversations of Ketchikan (Rendezvous Senior Day Services) Advanced Healthcare Directives and Death Cafe $2,235

2017 Grant Awards

These grant awards were made to nonprofits serving youth.

Grantee

Project Name Amount
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska More Members, More Often $1,000
Friends of the Ketchikan Public Library Children’s Community Garden $2,700
Great Alaska Council/Boy Scouts of America Ketchikan Scout Membership $1,000
Ketchikan Gymnastics Club Location Move for KGC $5,000
Ketchikan Kanayama Exchange International Instruction for Ketchikan Youth $2,000
Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim Club Southeast Alaska Championship Swim Meet $2,000
Ketchikan Softball Club Helmets and Gear $600
Ketchikan Wellness Coalition Ketchikan Youth Support Network $2,000
Ketchikan Youth Court Prime For Life Tuition Assistance $1,500
Ketchikan Youth Initiatives KYI Youth to Work – YCC Art Shoppe & Admin Shoppe $2,000
LifeFit Alaska LifeFit Strength Camp $2,000
Rural Alaska Community Action Program Ketchikan Head Start Creative Curriculum for Preschool $6,900

2016 Grant Awards

These grant awards were made to nonprofits providing physical and emotional support.

Grantee

Project Name Amount
Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council Basic Arts Institute $1,264
Ketchikan Theatre Ballet BalletRanch $2,500
Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice Bereavement Support Training – Helping Each Other Through Challenging Times $5,000
Special Olympics Special Olympics Alaska – Ketchikan Community Program Support $2,500

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