Our Grants

The Mat-Su Trails & Parks Foundation (MSTPF) partners with entities on projects and efforts that expand and enhance the valley’s trail network and parks. The foundation considers grant applications for financial assistance on a competitive basis each quarter as funding availability allows.

$2,350,000 grants funded
400+ Miles of Trails Developed
74 Projects Completed
$5,000,000 total dollars leveraged
85 Miles of New Trails Created

Who We Fund

Prospective grantees must be legal entities, provide services or benefits to Mat-Su area residents and have a tax identification number (EIN) to qualify for grants:

  • Non-profits
  • Alaska Native Non-Profit Organization
  • Federally Recognized Tribe
  • Government Entity or Community Council
  • Religious Organization
  • Service organizations

Who we do not fund:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Private foundations
  • Organizations with a major purpose of influencing legislation or supporting candidates for political or appointed office
  • Organizations that discriminate by reason of race, religion, gender, national origin, or political orientation

What We Fund

The MSTPF supports organizations that advance quality trails and parks in the Mat-Su Borough. The foundation considers applications for financial assistance on a competitive basis each quarter as funding availability allows:

  • New trails and parks
  • Physical improvements or development of trails and trailheads, parks, and recreation sites
  • Trail, park and playground amenities, equipment and signage
  • Planning and surveying

We do not fund:

  • Private trails or parks
  • Projects on private property without legal easement
  • Loans
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events or tournaments
  • Reimbursement for items in a completed project or items already purchased
  • Ongoing operations or program funding
  • Indirect rates or costs not associated with proposed project

Grant Guidelines

$20,000

$20,000 and below – No match required; however, the match is encouraged.

$50,000

$20,001 – $50,000 – Minimum Match of 3:1 is required: Cash or In-kind. Ex: a $40,000 total project budget would mean the applicant provides $10,000 cash and in-kind match. Half of the match must be cash totaling at least $5,000. In-kind grantee volunteer hours are limited to $28.54 per hour. In-Kind Match may not exceed 50% of the match. Contractors willing to donate time not associated with the grantee may do so at the rate they normally charge.)

$100,000

$50,001 – $100,000 – Minimum Match of 2:1 required: Cash and In-kind match accepted. In-kind match may not exceed 50% of the total match—same in-kind terms as above.

Application

Deadlines

Ongoing throughout the year. We do like to see applications ASAP in the granting cycle so that we can have adequate Q&A before committee and board meetings.

Successful applicants will be notified after Board approval. The Board usually meets to approve grants on a quarterly basis: January, April, June (no meeting in July), and October.

Looking for event or program sponsorship?

The Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation is now offering sponsorships. Please email info@matsutrails.org with questions or to get a copy of our sponsorship application.

Community Supporters

“ Equipment rental and gravel for the trails was provided by the MST&P Foundation. Community volunteers spent many hours providing the labor to build the trails. They enjoyed the opportunity to create these park features which contribute to the health and enjoyment of the community. I would say that the work days spent on the trails were quite fun.”

So, I saw that this guy named Lars van Berkel had showed up at Redbud and did pretty well. He was from Holland, and I’m not sure where I saw him talking on social media, but he seemed like a funny guy, and I wanted to get his story. We did a Privateer Pod before Southwick, and I got his story about being a MXGP guy turned professional beach racer. He actually quit the sport for a bit before discovering his true calling: going 100 mph on a beach.

2022 Impact Report

2023 Grantee List

Apply Today

Use our online grant portal application to apply! If you have any questions about the application process, please contact MSTPF staff by email or call the office at 907-746-8757. As of August 2021 the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation will no longer be accepting paper or .pdf applications.