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Grants to Organizations
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The Alaska State Council on the Arts funds applications in all
areas of the arts: dance, visual arts, literature, music, theater,
media arts, and traditional Native arts. The Council also encourages
applications that promote and develop the cultural heritage of
Alaskans and the creation of new works by Alaskan artists. Applicants applying for the first time must contact ASCA first.
Community Arts Development Grants
Community Arts Development Grants assist small nonprofit Alaskan organizations
in developing art programs in underserved areas of the state and/or underserved
disciplines. Exhibits, concerts, dance performances and festivals, workshops,
readings, theater productions are examples of the kinds of arts projects funded
through this grant category. Grants will also be given to assist developing
organizations in the area of arts administration such as board development,
accounting systems and budget development. Priority will be given to those
organizations that operate on a volunteer basis with no paid staff.
Community Arts Development grants are designed to stimulate grassroots
arts activity, and to encourage public interest and participation
in the arts throughout Alaska. Grant amounts will not exceed $5,000. To apply
For any questions, please contact , Community and Native Arts Program Director at 907-269-6610.
Operating Support grants are annual grants available to eligible organizational applicants to support
a portion of ongoing artistic and administrative functions. These may include, but are not limited to,
salaries, travel, promotion and production costs of an entire program, or a majority of the
organization's yearly activities. To apply
Workshop grants are made to Alaskan nonprofit organizations to provide them with the opportunity
to hold an arts-related workshop of limited duration using artists and other professional
resource persons as instructors.
A workshop may include all areas of the visual, performing, traditional, craft, media, and
literary arts, as well as arts administration. Workshop grants can be used to cover artist/instructor
fee and to assist with round-trip travel for the artist/instructor. Grants usually average around
$1,000. To apply
For any questions, please contact , Visual & Literary Arts Program Director at 907-269-6610.
Harper Arts Touring Fund Grants
The Harper Arts Touring Fund was established by the Rasmuson Foundation in 2002 to increase access to
high quality performing arts, visual arts and material culture exhibits in communities throughout Alaska.
The program is designed to encourage tours of Alaska’s arts presentations and exhibits; build the
capacity of organizations in small communities to present and exhibit; and to build audiences for
cultural events and exhibits. The Fund provides grants to subsidize travel and freight expenses
associated with the presentation of touring performances, or visual arts and material culture exhibits
in communities without regular access to these types of programs. Through a partnership with the Alaska
State Council on the Arts, training and technical assistance are provided to help communities strengthen
their ability to successfully present performing arts activities and visual arts and material culture
Deadline for Application
Harper Arts Touring Fund Grant applications are due to the Alaska State Council on the Arts no later
than 90 days prior to the planned activity, though organizations may apply earlier. If you are
applying earlier than 90 days prior, or if your project falls in the months of June or July, please
contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts to discuss the appropriate time to apply. Contact Laura
Forbes at (907) 269-6682 or at .
- Alaskan organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service
and are classified as "not a private foundation" under section 509(a) of the Code.
- Units of government and tribal entities.
- A school, college or university if the proposed activity is open to the general public and
the primary purpose of the project is NOT a school residency or to generate academic credit;
- The organization meets one of the above requirements and the presentation/exhibit is specifically
programmed to attract new audiences or reach an underserved population; OR
- The organization functions as the lead presenter working with organizations in underserved
communities to provide access to a new presentation/exhibit; OR
- The presentation/exhibit is the work of an Alaska-based artist and/or arts organization
The applicant organization must be based in the host community to which the performer/exhibit is traveling AND must be the local presenter/exhibitor of the planned activity.
If you have a question regarding your organization’s eligibility or you need technical assistance with the application process, please contact Laura Forbes at the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6682 or .
Walker Arts Presentation and Touring Grant
The Helen Walker Performing Arts Fund Grant is named for Helen A. Walker, a major arts advocate
in the state until her death in 1996. Ms. Walker was a recipient of the Governor's Award for the
Arts in 1984, a founder of the Fairbanks Arts Association and the Sitka Summer MusicFestival, as
well as Arts Alaska. She served as a board member for numerous cultural groups, including the
Alaska Repertory Theater, the Fairbanks Library Foundation, the University of Alaska's
KUAC Advisory Board, and Fairbanks Commissions for Urban Beautification, Parks and Recreation,
and the Library.
Arts Alaska provided professional management services for the state's performing arts tours
and other programs from 1975 to 1988. Since that time, the Arts Alaska Endowment Fund awarded
over $100,000 to qualifying sponsors/presenters for performing arts projects in small Alaskan
In 2006, the Arts Alaska Board of Directors voted to dissolve the organization and invest
the funds through the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. Each year, interest from this fund will
provide grants to support the performing arts in Alaska.
For any questions, please contact Arts Education Program Director at 907-269-6610.
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