Applications Now Open for 2017 Challenge Grants!

Fix the trail that runs through your neighborhood park, install Mutt Mitt stations, build an outdoor classroom—now’s the time to make your dreams for Anchorage’s parks and trails a reality! We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for a new round of Challenge Grant funded projects. This is your chance to make a direct impact on your local parks and trails.

With help from Rasmuson Foundation, we’re challenging both community groups and neighbors to earn a matching grant for an Anchorage municipal park or trail improvement project.  For every $1 that you raise for your project through cash, volunteer time, or in-kind donations, we’ll match $1! The application deadline is Friday, March 10th at 5pm.

We have a total of $200,000 to award to community projects in the 2017 Challenge Grant Program. Grant awards range from $500 to $40,000 per project. Grantees will be notified in April and awards will be announced to the public in early May.

Workshops will be hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects Alaska Chapter on January 31st at Spenard Recreation Center from 6-8pm and February 22nd at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet at Russian Jack Springs Park from 6-8pm to offer applicants free guidance and to refine project proposals.

Download the application for the 2017 Challenge Grant Program here.

Learn more about grant criteria, proposal workshops, important dates, and past projects at the Anchorage Park Foundation website: /programs/challenge-grants/