We raise private and public funds to make improvements to our public lands, primarily through the Challenge Grants, Youth Employment in Parks, and Neighborhood Parks Programs.

Challenge Grants

The Community Challenge Grant program continues to inspire members of the community to step up and make positive improvements to Anchorage’s parks and trails. The next opportunity to apply for funding is in the Spring of 2021.

In 2019, with funding from the Rasmuson Foundation, we awarded 17 grants totaling $460,000. Grants range from $500-$40,000 and must be matched dollar for dollar with cash, volunteer time, and in-kind contributions.  For every dollar granted, the community tends to raise $5 in match.  The Anchorage Park Foundation offers challenge grant funding to community organizations for capital improvements to Anchorage parks and trails. APF cash can be matched with volunteer hours, cash contributions, or in-kind donations of material. As a result, the Anchorage community has accomplished significant revitalization of Anchorage parks. Click here to find out about current and past challenge grant projects.

Youth Employment in Parks

Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) hires teens ages 16-19 to complete park improvement projects in Anchorage. Projects include trail building, forestry, waterway restoration, and urban park asset improvements. The program utilizes civics, education, healthy recreation opportunities, and mentorship week to instill a strong public park and trail stewardship ethic. YEP is a ten-week first-job experience.

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Neighborhood Park Fix-Its

Anchorage Park Foundation is celebrating nearly ten years of Neighborhood Park Fix-It accomplishments. APF partners with the Parks & Recreation Department and community members for Fix-Its in our neighborhood parks. Parks are selected based on information collected through Anchorage Park Report cards (filled out by community volunteers). Each summer several parks are identified for Neighborhood Fix-Its – Saturday mornings that neighbors, community volunteers, staff and local contractors work together to revitalize our parks. From replacing trash cans and play equipment to restoring landscaping and removing graffiti, we give parks a new lasting new life.