This time-limited grant fund aims to fill gaps in rural Alaska health care. Administration has transferred to The Alaska Community Foundation. Applications are due by close of business on Dec.  31, 2021. 

Go HERE to apply for an award.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to connect with staff at The Alaska Community Foundation ahead of time to discuss their project. Email or call 907-334-6700.

Eligible projects
The Premera Rural Health Care Fund supports access to quality health care through grants to providers in rural and remote Alaska communities. Eligible projects include medical and dental equipment, technology and vehicles, as well as ancillary equipment for emergency services, facility renovations, restorations and furnishings. Eligible providers include community health centers, outpatient clinics, Alaska Native- and tribal government-operated clinics and/or hospitals, critical access hospitals and sole community hospitals, located in rural and remote locations of Alaska.

Grants are up to $100,000. Learn more and submit an application here

History of fund
This time-limited grant program was established in late 2019 by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, which has generously provided $3 million for the fund. In all, Premera has committed $5.7 million to improve health care in rural Alaska. Premera participated in the Foundation’s 2018 Grantmakers Tour of Alaska, in which Outside funders are shown Alaska’s needs, challenges and successes. A Premera team then traveled in rural Alaska on a follow-up tour focused on health needs. Rasmuson Foundation and The Alaska Community Foundation initially administered the fund jointly.

In announcing the new Rural Health Care Fund, Premera cited a 2017 study from the National Rural Health Association. Researchers found that people living in rural areas suffer worse health outcomes than their urban counterparts. They are sicker, poorer and older and are more likely to experience higher rates of premature death, disability and chronic disease. In Alaska, more than 200,000 people, or about 32% of the state’s population, live in rural communities. With about 200 villages off the road system and only reachable by boat, aircraft, snowmachine or four-wheeler, the state faces unique challenges to providing timely and quality care for all its residents.