Community Investment Grants
Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) awards grants to organizations in Alaska that work towards the prevention of child abuse and neglect. With the generous support of our donors, ACT has invested more than $5 million in Alaskan children and families. View our current grant recipients.
ACT recognizes that in order to effectively impact current trends, ACT must utilize our resources in a strategic and sustainable manner. Alaska has struggled for decades with some of the highest rates (per capita) of child maltreatment in the nation. Our future is influenced greatly by the types and level of trauma our children are exposed to and the amount of resiliency they are equipped with to handle these traumas.
To equip our state with the tools and support to successfully ensure our children live in safe, stable, and nurturing environments, ACT is committed to investing in communities across Alaska. There are two levels of grants:
ACT has identified four core focus areas to invest in to prevent child abuse and neglect (CAN):
- Primary Prevention Programs - prevention is the direct effort to stop CAN before it occurs. The term "prevention" can either represent activities that stop an action or behavior or be used to represent activities that promote a positive action or behavior. Research has found that successful child abuse interventions must both reduce risk factors and promote protective factors to ensure the well-being of children and families. Primary prevention aims to prevent CAN before it ever occurs. This is done by addressing key influencers and risk factors (i.e. social determinants like lack of access to basic needs, unplanned pregnancy, teen violence, historical trauma), altering unhealthy or unsafe behaviors that can lead to CAN, and increasing resilience should trauma like CAN occur.
- Collection & Dissemination of Quality Data (Tier 2 Only) - collecting good quality data plays a vital role in supplying objective information to help understand a problem, to determine potential solutions and provide feedback on the impact of activities. To successfully change the curve, all organizations who are working to improve the lives of our children require good and accurate data. Obtaining reliable and accurate data that reflects the true magnitude and nature of child maltreatment is a major gap in Alaska and across the nation.
- Advocacy & Community Building - ACT strives to ensure that the awareness of CAN and its impacts is strong. By increasing our communities' knowledge and awareness, we empower them to take impactful action that leads to positive change at a local level.
- Positive Social Norming- attitudes about CAN and the value of children in general plays a major role in our efforts to eliminate child abuse and neglect. Positive Community Norms (PCN) is a framework for implementing Positive Social Norming. The PCN framework is a new approach to improving health and safety in our communities. PCN fosters cultural transformation by addressing many different audiences throughout the community for the purpose of growing positive norms and thereby improving health and safety. PCN integrates leadership, communication and prevention portfolio integration across the social ecology to improve health and safety.
To be considered for a grant award, grant seekers must meet specific criteria and complete and submit the required application according to the specific guidelines of each Tier. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or military status, in our programs or activities.
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