Grant FAQs

Q: How do I apply for a grant?

A: Each type of grant has its own page on this website and its own application. All applications must be submitted online. Please click on the grant you are interested in for more details and to apply:

Applications for trails and parks projects on public land must be submitted to the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation:

Q: Do you provide grants for all of Alaska or just the Mat-Su Borough?

A: The Mat-Su Health Foundation provides grants for health and wellness projects either in the Mat-Su Borough or to organizations that serve Mat-Su residents.

Q: What sorts of projects are funded by Mat-Su Health Foundation?

A: We seek to fund projects which improve the health and wellness of residents of the Mat-Su Borough as outlined in our grant guidelines. We do this through Healthy Impact and Discovery grants (grants over $25,000) and Target Wellness grants (up to and including $25,000). We also provide scholarships to Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents to help defray the cost of higher education and encourage Mat-Su residents to complete a degree or certificate program that emphasizes health and/or wellness.

Q: When are grants considered?

A: Requests for Healthy Impact, Discovery and Target Wellness grants are accepted throughout the year.

Q: Are there funding limits for grants?

A: Healthy Impact grants and Discovery grants fund projects in excess of $25,000. Target Wellness grants are for projects up to and including $25,000.

Q: After I’ve submitted my grant application package, how long does it take before I know whether my project will be funded or not?

A: Grantees will be notified of the status of their grant application for Target Wellness grants within 30 to 45 days following submission and for Healthy Impact grants and Discovery grants within approximately 120 days following submission of the full application.

Q: Do I have to be a non-profit organization in order to receive a grant?

A: Yes. Prospective grantees must be qualified Alaska nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations classified as not a private foundation under section 509(a) of the Code. Please review our grant guidelines for more details. In select cases, MSHF may also choose to fund health-related projects undertaken by religious, governmental, educational or tribal agencies seeking partners for health-related initiatives that impact the broader Mat-Su community and extend beyond the traditional purpose and functions of these organizations.

Q: How do I apply for a scholarship?

A: Please visit the scholarships page for more information and to complete the online application.