"I have a problem. Alcoholism. It sucks. And I smile now, but I’m hurting inside . . . I can make it. Heck, I can sleep in a dumpster. I can. But I need safety for her. We are homeless right now and she struggles with anxiety and gets worried about the next moment."
- Trust beneficiaries, Dillingham
About the Trust's grants
The Trust designates a portion of its operating budget for several types of grants. These grants are awarded to organizations that represent one or more Trust beneficiary groups and whose priorities are consistent with the Trust’s. While the Trust does not award grant funds directly to individuals, beneficiaries can receive mini grants through a community organization that applies on their behalf.
Trustees authorize approximately $20 million in grants each year. These grants are provided across the state for community-based projects, statewide efforts and through mini grants. The Trust is proud to partner with many providers, nonprofits, state departments, local governments and tribal organizations to have a positive impact for beneficiaries and the providers that care for them.
Grants are provided for a variety of purposes including individual services, equipment purchases, capacity building, planning efforts, outreach and training among others.
Interested in applying for a grant?
Please review the following to determine if your program serves beneficiaries.
Does your program serve clientele that have any of the following conditions or received treatment in the past for any of the following conditions?
- Mental illness
- Developmental disability
- Chronic alcoholism
- Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia
- Traumatic head injury resulting in a permanent brain injury
Questions to help identify if your clients’ are designated Trust beneficiaries:
- Sought long-term counseling (for more than six months) or mental health treatment from a counseling center or treatment facility?
- Been or are currently enrolled in special education or had an IEP (Individual Education Plan)?
- Have a severe and persistent history of prolonged or excessive drinking (consuming alcohol six days per week)?
- Been assessed or diagnosed as having an alcohol dependency or dysfunction?
- Have a loss of intellectual functioning (thinking, remembering, reasoning) so severe it interferes with daily life?
- Received a state developmental disability determination?
If you determine that your program does serve beneficiaries, please review each grant type for further program qualifications.
Mini Grants / Individual Beneficiary Grants
These mini-grants ranged up to $2,500 each for a broad range of equipment, supplies and services to improve quality of life, increase independent functioning, dental services not covered by Medicaid, and help to attain and maintain healthy and productive lifestyles. Grants are awarded monthly throughout the year.
Partnership Grants / Community-Based Grants
The Trust accepts partnership grant requests throughout the year.
The Trust works with its advisory boards and stakeholders to identify areas for positive changes to the overall system of care that impacts beneficiaries. The Trust is committed to supporting efforts that support an integrated and comprehensive program that improves the lives of Trust beneficiaries. The Trust, on average, grants $10 million per year to various state agencies, who must receive legislative approval to receive and expend these funds.
Examples of funding include:
- Medicaid reform
- Therapeutic courts
- Home modification
- Alaska Justice Information Center
- Telehealth system improvements
Since January 2018 the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has awarded over $1 million in grants to various organizations in nine communities across the state. The Trust is proud to partner with so many providers, nonprofits, state departments, local governments and tribal organizations to have a positive impact for beneficiaries and the providers that care for them.
Trustees authorized $20,500,000 in grants in fiscal year 2017. These grants were provided across the state for individual beneficiaries, community-based projects and statewide efforts. The Trust is proud to partner with so many providers, nonprofits, state departments, local governments and tribal organizations to have a positive impact for beneficiaries and the providers that care for them.
Over 1,100 beneficiaries received grants in FY17 totaling $1.8 million. These grants ranged up to $2,500 each for a broad range of equipment, supplies and services to improve quality of life, increase independent functioning, dental services not covered by Medicaid, and help to attain and maintain healthy and productive lifestyles.