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.


In 2023, the Ketchikan Community Foundation will award one organization up to $50,000 for a project or program.

The impact grant category is a new cycle designed to support an eligible local nonprofit organization making a LASTING IMPACT in our community!

All nonprofit organizations in Ketchikan are encouraged to apply! Contact us with general questions and for more information at

Grant applications and guidelines will open in January 2023.

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 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, eligibility, and technical questions to The Alaska Community Foundation’s Program Officers at or 907-334-6700.


2020 Grant Awards

These grant awards were made to nonprofits that supported youth.


Project NameAmount
Ketchikan Boys and Girls ClubNational Fine Arts Program$4,850
Community ConnectionsSensory room equipment$2,500
Ketchikan Indian CommunityLaser display projectors$6,720
Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities CouncilRotary Beach music park$3,909
RurAL CAP HeadstartBuilding 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.


Catholic Community Services: Saxman-Ketchikan Senior CenterMeals for seniors$2,000
Ketchikan Indian CommunityFood and rent assistance$2,000
Rendezvous Senior Day ServicesFood assistance for seniors$2,000
Community ConnectionsPersonal 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 NameAmount
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)Peer Support$3,000
Rendezvous Senior Day ServiceTherapeutic Gardening$2,619
Women In Safe HomesPrimary Prevention Programs$2,000
Ketchikan Wellness CoalitionSummer Enrichment and Cultural Camo$700
First City Homeless ServicesFreezer Purchase To Support Nutrition Program$2,000
Love In ActionClient Assistance Program$4,000
PeaceHealthProject Rain Drop (Cancer Resource Center)$3750
St. John’s Episcopal ChurchThe Lord’s Table$2,000

2018 Grant Awards

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


Project NameAmount
Tongass Historical SocietyKetchikan Oral History Project$1,680
Ketchikan Pioneers Home FoundationHydroponics Project$7,420
Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue SquadAvalanche I Search & Rescue Training$6,110
Rainbird Community Broadcast Corp (KRBD)Help Our News Director!$2,150
First Lutheran Childcare CenterFirst Lutheran Childcare Center$3,000
First City PlayersStarPath 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 NameAmount
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral AlaskaMore Members, More Often$1,000
Friends of the Ketchikan Public LibraryChildren’s Community Garden$2,700
Great Alaska Council/Boy Scouts of AmericaKetchikan Scout Membership$1,000
Ketchikan Gymnastics ClubLocation Move for KGC$5,000
Ketchikan Kanayama ExchangeInternational Instruction for Ketchikan Youth$2,000
Ketchikan Killer Whales Swim ClubSoutheast Alaska Championship Swim Meet$2,000
Ketchikan Softball ClubHelmets and Gear$600
Ketchikan Youth CourtPrime For Life Tuition Assistance$1,500
Ketchikan Youth InitiativesKYI Youth to Work – YCC Art Shoppe & Admin Shoppe$2,000
Rural Alaska Community Action ProgramKetchikan Head Start Creative Curriculum for Preschool$6,900

2016 Grant Awards

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


Project NameAmount
Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities CouncilBasic Arts Institute$1,264
Ketchikan Theatre BalletBalletRanch$2,500
Ketchikan Volunteer HospiceBereavement Support Training – Helping Each Other Through Challenging Times$5,000
Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics Alaska – Ketchikan Community Program Support$2,500

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