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.

KCF 2021 Grant Program CLOSED

Our 2021 grant cycle is now closed. Our 2021 competitive grants cycle was open from January 4 to February  5, 2021, by 5pm 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.

Important Notes for Grantees

  1. Required Online Grant Agreement: If awarded, grantees must complete an online grant agreement.
  2.  Grant Project/Program Timeline: Grant projects/programs must be completed within one year of the award date, unless the KCF Advisory Board approves a timeline extension for your awarded project/program. Extensions must be requested prior to the grant report due date.
  3. Required Grant Report: A grant report is due within one year of the grant award date. Grant reports are submitted online. All due dates, grant agreements, and grant reports are found within the online grants system.
  4. Overdue Grant Report(s): If you are a grantee and have any overdue grant reports for previous grant awards from ACF and/or its Affiliate community foundations, you must complete a final grant report for those previous awards before your organization is eligible to be considered for any current or future grant opportunities from ACF and/or its Affiliate community foundations.

Please direct general questions to KCF’s Program Manager, Katie Vincent, at Please direct eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system to The Alaska Community Foundation’s Program Officers at or 907-334-6700.

We will update the 2021 grantees once a determination has been made.

2020 Grant Awards

These grant awards were made to nonprofits that supported youth.


Project Name Amount
Ketchikan Boys and Girls Club National Fine Arts Program $4,850
Community Connections Sensory room equipment $2,500
Ketchikan Indian Community Laser display projectors $6,720
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council Rotary Beach music park $3,909
RurAL CAP Headstart Building Blocks $3,909
Women in Safe Homes “Let Me Run” program $1,275

These KCF discretionary grant awards were made to nonprofits to provide COVID-19 relief to the community.


Need Amount
Catholic Community Services: Saxman-Ketchikan Senior Center Meals for seniors $2,000
Ketchikan Indian Community Food and rent assistance $2,000
Rendezvous Senior Day Services Food assistance for seniors $2,000
Community Connections Personal protective equipment $2,000
KRBD Rainbird Community Broadcast Corp. Emergency communications $2,000

2019 Grant Awards

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


Project Name Amount
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Peer Support $3,000
Rendezvous Senior Day Service Therapeutic Gardening $2,619
Women In Safe Homes Primary Prevention Programs $2,000
Ketchikan Wellness Coalition Summer Enrichment and Cultural Camo $700
First City Homeless Services Freezer Purchase To Support Nutrition Program $2,000
Love In Action Client Assistance Program $4,000
PeaceHealth Project Rain Drop (Cancer Resource Center) $3750
St. John’s Episcopal Church The Lord’s Table $2,000

2018 Grant Awards

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


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.


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 Youth Court Prime For Life Tuition Assistance $1,500
Ketchikan Youth Initiatives KYI Youth to Work – YCC Art Shoppe & Admin Shoppe $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.


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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