Seven Anchorage schools receive grants from ACF


January 15, 2013



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The Alaska Community Foundation Announces New

Grant and Scholarship Awards to Jumpstart 2013


The Alaska Community Foundation recently awarded a multitude of grants and scholarships, including seven new grants from the Anchorage Schools Foundation, a new scholarship recipient for the inaugural awarding of the Tim Akers Memorial Scholarship, and the second round of grants from the Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations grant program. Detailed information about the awards is included below.


Seven Anchorage Schools Receive Assistance


The Anchorage Schools Foundation, an ACF fund, recently granted seven grants to support projects that enhance the success of students in the Anchorage School District. ASF grants help to bolster a wide range of projects such as classroom supplies, recreational equipment, books, technology, after-school programs and other needs that are not supported by the school district and as determined by school district employees. Grants up to $500 each were granted to Anchorage school district professionals, including principals, teachers, nurses and counselors.

Recent Anchorage Schools Foundation grants include:


  • Airport Heights Elementary School – 6th Grade Hydroponics Business
    An introduction into 6th grade economics, students learn to run a small business with hydroponic gardening.
  • Anchorage School District Gifted Program – Math from the Third Dimension.
    Students will explore math concepts using a 3-D or visual/spatial perspective using modules and objects.
  • Chinook Elementary School – Roller Coasters & Physics
    Students will use physics concepts to construct a roller coaster for marbles.
  • Chugach Optional Elementary – Chugach Optional Garden Club
    Students get hands-on experience to gardening, including garden beds, a chicken coop, and compost bins.
  • Creekside Park Elementary – Hats Off To You!
    Students learn to give back to their peers by helping other students through tutoring and mentoring.
  • Polaris K-12 School – Discovering the Microbes Within
    The Biotechnology Training and Prepatory Program (BioTaPP) students will join a national program with The Marine Biological Laboratory to learn about bacteria, DNA extraction, and PCR technology.
  • Whaley School – Art Supplies
    Students will use art supplies to create beadwork and wooden artwork for veterans as part of a monthly community outreach project.


Anchorage School Foundation engages the community in a relationship with its public schools with the purpose of creating more flexible funding and improving outcomes for Anchorage classrooms. The ASF mission is to provide community and private funding to enhance the success of students in Anchorage classrooms. This mission is pursued through fundraising and grant making for innovative projects and needs as identified by teachers and other staff that have direct contact with students. ASF is a vital part of education in Anchorage. ASF is managed by a volunteer board of community advisors that prioritizes funding requests for projects not already supported by public funds to the school district. The Alaska Community Foundation manages all ASF’s assets. For more information on grant guidelines, to make a donation or to apply for an award with the Anchorage Schools Foundation, visit ASF’s website.


About The Alaska Community Foundation

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation is a statewide platform for philanthropy. The Alaska Community Foundation currently holds over $55 million for the benefit of Alaskans, granting $5-6 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. The Alaska Community Foundation is comprised of more than 280 funds and endowments, including five Affiliate community funds, the Alaska Children’s Trust, and many others. The ACF mission is to grow philanthropy and connect people who care with causes that matter. The Alaska Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations and communities create funds that provide financial resources to improve the quality of life in Alaska now and forever. For more information, visit ACF’s website.



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