Grantmaking Guidelines

The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) provides funding to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. With attention to health equity, the Mat-Su Health Foundation seeks to ensure that all persons have the opportunity for a healthy life.

The MSHF supports organizations, collaboratives and initiatives that empower people; employ creative responses to problems; address root causes; build upon community strengths and partnerships; demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness to reduce health disparities, and offer measurable improves in health and wellness.

Eligible Organizations and Activities

Prospective grantees must provide services or benefits to Mat-Su residents and be a tax-exempt organization in good standing as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and with State of Alaska law. In select cases, MSHF may grant to tax exempt organizations as described in Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code for charitable purposes.

MSHF may also choose to fund health and wellness-related projects as undertaken by faith-based, governmental, educational, community councils, or tribal entities.

What we Fund

  • Program and service costs that improve health and social drivers of health
  • Nonprofit financial sustainability and operating support
  • Capacity building and technical assistance to support nonprofit capacity and leadership development
  • Capital projects, improvements, and equipment
  • Consideration can be given to capital projects outside of the Mat-Su Borough, but only for FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) when there is a demonstrable health and wellness benefit to Mat-Su residents
  • Policy change

Ineligible Organizations and Activities

  • Individuals
  • For-profit entities
  • Organizations with a major purpose of supporting candidates for political or appointed office
  • Organizations that discriminate against persons by reason of race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation/identity, national origin, or political orientation
  • Organizations or projects that directly support operations and services of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
  • Try-out/competitive programs that have to cut or exclude participation
  • Reimbursement for a completed project or items or services already purchased, except for disaster response