Community Challenge Grants

Children smiling while gathering in the forest.Community Challenge Grants are a way for your park or trail improvement project to come to life with your community energy matched dollar for dollar! We award your doable project idea with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant for the energy YOU put into your project through cash donations, volunteer labor, and in-kind materials or services.

Community Challenge Grants improve Anchorage parks and trails and increase feelings of community in neighborhoods by bringing a lasting capital investment into our park system. They offer a way to achieve community priorities to improve a park or trail that would not otherwise be funded through the Municipality of Anchorage.

2021 Challenge Grant Cycle Delayed 

Many of our 2019 Challenge Grant projects have been extended into 2021 due to delays from the pandemic. We will not be offering a spring 2021 challenge grant cycle, but are planning on accepting new project proposals in 2022. Check back for future updates.

Process to Apply

Proposals will be reviewed in a competitive process based on available funding. The Community Challenge Grant Committee recommends a grantee slate to the Anchorage Park Foundation Board of Directors to approve an award.

In few instances, project ideas may require more public involvement and approvals, including from but not limited to: community council, permitting, Parks and Recreation Commission, Urban Design Commission, and Planning and Zoning Commission. Proposals may be awarded time to complete the public process and reapply.

Resources for Grantees

Rasmuson Foundation logo APF Community Challenge Grants are made possible with generous support by Rasmuson Foundation.