The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP), founded in 1965, is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans.
Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors representing every region of the state, RurAL CAP is one of the largest and most diversified nonprofit organizations in Alaska.
In fiscal year 2015, RurAL CAP employed 727 Alaskans in 60 communities statewide. RurAL CAP recognizes the unique values and way of life of rural Alaskans. It plans its activities with input from and respect for the people it serves. It follows the belief that rural Alaskan communities have the right to maintain their cultural heritage and close relationship to the land while protecting their economic and human potential.
The RurAL CAP Foundation funds a limited number of small grants for educational and charitable purposes that focus on low-income people and rural communities. Grants are made in the amount of $500 to $5,000. Eligible applications are considered from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and governmental organizations in rural Alaska which do not have an open grant and which have not received a grant from the Foundation in the prior 12 months.
The Foundation’s major interests are to:
– Provide support to low-income people to expand their capabilities through training and educational opportunities;
– Provide opportunities for community representatives to participate in forums, workshops, and conferences that protect and enhance cultural traditions and subsistence practices;
– Strengthen the skills and capacity of local leadership in rural communities; and
– Promote healthy people, sustainable communities and vibrant cultures.
Examples of the Types of Grants Awarded:
– Projects that encourage the sharing of knowledge and engage volunteers and community members;
– Events where community members learn skills for life, such as a youth music camp or Elders teaching youth how to subsistence hunt or fish;
– Projects that have long-term impacts on a community, such as building a garden or recycling center; and
– Events that build the capacity of local government, such as workshops on project design and proposal writing. (Foundation funds are often awarded for supplies and transportation costs; funds are typically not awarded to pay stipends to people who might otherwise volunteer or to buy laptops or equipment that benefits only a few.)
– The Foundation generally doesn’t fund: employee salaries, overhead or indirect, paying wages for work normally done by volunteers (e.g. picking up trash), junk food or soda pop.
Complete an application.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-278-7441 with questions.
Accepting applications for Muldoon Garden’s one- and two-bedroom waitlist only. Complete an application or contact the RurAL CAP Central Leasing Office at (907) 868-4600, email email@example.com.
The address to pick up and return applications is 161 Klevin Suite 206A, Anchorage, AK 99508.
CHILDCARE OPENINGS AVAILABLE
RurAL CAP’s Child Development Center (CDC) provides full-day, year-round child care for children between the ages of 19 months to five years. The Center has an open enrollment policy with a sliding tuition scale to benefit low-income families.