Grants

As an Affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, Sitka Legacy Foundation’s goal is to support projects that enhance the quality of life for residents of Sitka and surrounding rural communities, 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 grants that fund charitable organizations and programs in the Sitka area. Grants may support a broad range of community needs, including but not limited to health and wellness, education, the great outdoors, arts and culture, and community development. 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 our program manager or any member of the Advisory Board if you have a project you hope we’ll support.


2023 Competitive Grant Cycle is now CLOSED

 

Grants may support a broad range of community needs including, but not limited to health and wellness, education, the great outdoors, arts and culture and community development. Priority will be given to organizations focused on providing services to children and youth.

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.

For general questions, including requests for discussion about possible projects, contact Chris Kowalczewski, Sitka Legacy Foundation Advisory Board Member, at sitkalegacy@alaskacf.org. For eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system, please contact The Alaska Community Foundation’s Affiliate Program staff at affiliate@alaskacf.org or 907-334-6700.


SLF Grantee Resources

If you are a current Sitka Legacy Foundation (SLF) grantee and are looking for resources on how best to promote or share about the SLF grant your organization received, please click on the resources below.

For general questions, including requests for discussion about possible projects, contact Chris Kowalczewski, Sitka Legacy Foundation Advisory Board Member at sitkalegacy@alaskacf.org.

For eligibility and technical questions about the online grant system, please contact the Affiliate Program at affiliate@alaskacf.org or (907) 334-6700.

Please remember to check when your grant report is due and to complete the required grant report in the same online grant system your organization used to apply for the grant.

2023 Grant Awards

Grantee Project Description Amount
Betty Eliason Child Care Center Supporting underserved populations child care needs through community scholarships $5,000
Blatchley Middle School Empowering Tomorrow’s Creators: Blatchley Middle School Digital Arts Program $1,877
Sitka Babies and Books Program support for the Sitka Babies and Books Library programs through the purchase of books.  $1,000
Sitka Community Land Trust Funding the SCLT (Sitka Community Land Trust) homebuyer financial assistance program.  $1,500
Sitka Conservation Society The Salty Spoke: Youth bicycle education program $1,000
Sitka Counseling and Prevention Inc. Tots to Teens (with families)  $2,500
Sitka Homeless Coalition Sitka Homeless Coaltion/Hítxʼi Sáani (Little Houses) Project $1,050
Sitka Trail Works, Inc. Sitka Trail Works youth program $4,000
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Operating Support $1,000
  Total $18,927

2022 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitka Homeless Coalition Continued work on Hítxʼi Sáani (Little Houses) Project $4,000
Sitka Babies and Books Program support for Sitka Babies and Books library programs $2,000
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Camp scholarships for Sitka students $2,000
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Operating support $2,000
Friends of Sitka Animal Shelter Promoting Adoptions within Sitka (PAWS) $4,000
Artchange, Inc. Operational support $1,400
Brave Heart Volunteers Strengthening volunteer connections with care receivers $1,400
Sitka Against Family Violence Resident housewarming kits $1,750
United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO Alaska) Support for military service members and families $500
Outer Coast Sitka Tlingit Language Conference 2023 $2,500
Catholic Community Services Swan Lake Senior Center senior nutrition program $3,500
Sitka Counseling and Preventions Inc. Play and connect $2,000
Sitka Local Foods Sitka Local Foods Network/Sitka Farmers market support $2,000

2021 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitkans Against Family Violance (SAFV) Support for SAFV’s basic needs $2,000
Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust Food security program support $2,000
Sitka Homeless Coalition Building site preparation support $2,300
Sitka Babies and Books Program support for Grab N’ Go bags $2,000
Sitka Trail Works Inc Sitka youth outdoors programs $1,000
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Camp scholarships for students $1,000
Sitka Conservation Society Salty Spoke program support $500
Outer Coast Service pillar program support $2,000
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Operating support $1,500
Artchange, Inc. Sitka Tells Tales expanded support $500
The Salvation Army Sitka Corps Nutritional Security Initiative 2022 $2,000

2020 COVID-19 Response Discretionary Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust General support for donation of fish to low-income residents $5,000
Sitka Health Summit Coalition Outreach to local businesses to reopen and operate safely during the pandemic $5,000
Brave Heart Volunteers Purchase of technology to facilitate safe, remote communication $1,500
City of Port Alexander Household assistance/mutual aid for residents economically impacted by pandemic $1,000
Raven Radio Foundation KCAW Purchase of remote production equipment $1,500
Sitka Local Foods Network Financial support for WIC/SNAP recipients for summer markets $1,000
Youth Advocates of Sitka Safe, healthy summer activities during the pandemic $4,000
Sitka Conservation Society Sitka summer meals program for youth $6,000
Sitkans Against Family Violence General operating during the pandemic $1,200

2019 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitka Fine Arts Camp General operating support $50
Salvation Army – Sitka Corps General operating support $50
Sitka Summer Music Festival General operating support $50
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Sitka Fine Arts Camp Financial Aid $1,000
Betty Eliason Child Care Center Toddler classroom furniture $1,000
Brave Heart Volunteers Campanionship Program $1,000
Catholic Community Service Swan Lake Senior Center Health and Wellness for Sitka’s senior citizens $2,000
Friends of Sitka Circus Arts 2019-20 Scholarship Program $500
Hames Center Teen Nights $1,500
Mt Edgecumbe Preschool Intergenerational Music Program $1,000
Raven Radio Foundation KCAW Replacement of Live Coverage Equipment $1,575
Sitka Homeless Coalition Tent cots/blankets for the Men’s Winter Night Shelter $1,470
Sitkans Against Family Violence Support to Create a Safe, Comfortable Space to Heal $2,000
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Independent Living Support for Seniors and Sitkans Experiencing Disabilities $1,000
The Salvation Army 2020 Sitka Corps Food Pantry $1,500
The Uncommon Music Festival Conversations with Whales: Facing Ecological Change as a Community $500
Salvation Army – Sitka Corps Discretionary grant to match donations made at Giving Tuesday event $377

2018 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Operations support $250
Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Operations support $100
Sitka Trail Works Operations support $150
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Sitka Fine Arts Camp Financial Aid for Students $1,500
Artchange, Inc. 14 Miles II $737
Brave Heart Volunteers Office Efficiency Upgrade $500
Catholic Community Service Swan Lake Senior Center Health and Wellness $1,500
Easter Group Men’s Winter Night Shelter $500
Sitka School District Recess Ready Raingear (RRR or The 3 R’s) $1,500
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Fishing Accessibility for Seniors and Sitkans Experiencing Disabilities $500
Youth Advocates of Sitka Community Teen Night $1,500

2017 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitka Historical Society Inc 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration’s Speaker Series $1,000
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Sitka Community Playground project $5,000
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Sitka Fine Arts Camp Financial Aid for Students $3.000
Artchange, Inc. 14 Miles $1,500
Betty Eliason Child Care Center Annual Early Childhood Childcare Conference $1,665
Fireweed Dance Guild The Nutcracker – An Alaskan Tale $500
Mt Edgecumbe Preschool Professional Development Resources for Early Childhood Teachers $1,000
Sitka Conservation Society Sitka Health Summit Coalition – Student Activities and Health Equity Fund $500
Sitka Historical Society Inc Promotion of the New Sitka History Museum $1,500
Sitka Sound Science Center Education Classroom improvements $2,000
The SEER School Art to Lift a Senior’s Spirit $577

2015 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Sitka Fine Arts Camp Support the Sitka Fine Arts Camp for youth $1,650
Catholic Community Service Support delivery of meals to seniors in Sitka $1,000
Girl Scouts of Alaska Support summer day camp for Sitka girls $1,000
Sitka Volunteer Fire Department Purchase equipment for the benefit of the community $1,000

2014 Grant Awards

Grantee

Project Description Amount
Betty Eliason Child Care Center Support for the purchase of new outdoor playground equipment $1,500
Catholic Community Service Support for a meal program for seniors in Sitka $1,000
Girl Scouts of Alaska Support for the Girl Scout camporee in Sitka $250
Greater Sitka Arts Council Support art workshops open to the public during the annual Artisans Market event $550
Sitka Local Foods Network Support for the “What Sitka Eats” project, a graphic presentation from a recent assessment $550
Sitkans Against Family Violence Support for food and personal care items for women and children living in the SAFV shelter $500
The Island Institute, Inc. Support for a youth writing lab and publishing studio $550