Alaska Ski For Women Grants

The 2021 Grant Period is Closed.

Grant Details

Over the past several years, the Alaska Ski for Women has donated close to $1,100,000 to local community, non-profit organizations helping to stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children in Alaska. This strong, financial support is made possible by Alaska Ski for Women donors, participants, merchandise and silent auction sales.

What is Alaska Ski for Women (ASFW)? ASFW is a program of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage AND North America’s largest women-only cross-country ski event. Each year on Super Bowl Sunday women of all ages and abilities come out to ski approximately 2.4 miles (4K), many in colorful costumes, while raising funds for local non-profit organizations that help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children.

What is the Alaska Ski for Women Grant Program? Through the generous donations of ASFW participants, and the hard work of our all-volunteer committee, the race is able to make an impact in the community by contributing to groups that actively work to improve women’s lives. A special focus is ending the cycle of violence against women and their families, supporting their recovery after crisis, and helping women in crisis find positive solutions to a healthier life.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant? All grant proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Recipient is an Alaska-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Provides services to survivors of domestic violence and their families or provides a program that is working to stop the cycle of domestic violence in Alaska.
  • Provides services that promotes physical and emotional well-being through a healthy lifestyle.

What is the application process and due date? The Grant Application period opens April 15th. Please submit the grant application form, project description and budget form as a single PDF document to by May 15th at 5:00pm and include the following items:

  • One-page Proposal Cover/Summary Sheet on ASFW Form.
  • Additional page(s) that include project description, expected outcomes, target population, evaluation method and acknowledgement strategy.
  • Itemized Project Budget on ASFW Form.

What are the anticipated grant amounts and timeline? ASFW Grant Committee will review applications and make final recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage in June. Successful applicants should expect to receive funds early in July. Total grants awarded each year varies depending on fund raising success of the ASFW event. Anticipated funding levels in 2021 are:

  • One grant award between $20,000 – $30,000. This level is offered by invitation only.
  • Three grants awarded in the $2,500 – $5,000 range. 

Thank you! The ASFW Committee sincerely wishes each applicant continued success with your endeavors supporting women and their children in our community throughout the year.

2020 Grantee

The Alaska Ski for Women grant committee has decided, after much discussion, to award 100% of the net proceeds from the 2020 Alaska Ski for Women event to AWAIC. In times of COVID-19, NSAA and ASFW want to show our support for what AWAIC is doing for the community. Together, we can stop the cycle of domestic violence and help women in crisis find positive solutions to a healthier life. The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage is proud of the success of the Alaska Ski for Women (ASFW) event and the great work of AWAIC, and has awarded them $25,747 as of June, 2020.

2019 Grantees

Nonprofit Organization Program Supported
AWAIC, Anchorage Children’s Advocate staffing in their shelter-based program
YWCA, Anchorage Alaska Economic Justice Project
Running Free Alaska, Anchorage Staffing the Head Running Coach


Alaska Ski for Women
Grant Program Committee
203 W. 15th Ave, #204
Anchorage, AK 99501