Many Alaska nonprofits undertake capital projects, whether it’s purchasing, constructing, or renovating a facility. Effective planning in the early phases of a project will dictate long-term success.

“Pre-development” is the phase of a construction project between the idea that a facility is needed, to the initiation of design. Inadequate planning during this phase can result in projects that are not sustainable in the long term.

The Pre-Development Program ensures that selected projects meet a community need; that they are adequately prepared to pursue capital funding; and that operations will be sustainable.

The Pre-Development Program is a collaboration between Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Denali Commission, and The Foraker Group. It provides professional services at no cost based on an eligible project’s needs that can include architects, engineers, space planners, and construction project managers.

Organizations should contact one of the program’s funders to request consideration for inclusion in the program. Each funding agency has its own criteria for eligibility, but in general only nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) charitable status, municipal, or tribal organizations qualify.