Grants for Single Mothers in Alaska

Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Lori Pace

Public aid for single moms in AK is thankfully not hard to find. If you don’t live in Alaska, you can find grants for single mothers in all the other states as well.

Living as a single mother is already a full-time job itself. But that doesn’t mean that you should struggle alone. Therefore, take advantage of the assistance given to you by the federal U.S. government and the Alaskan state government.

As a single mother who has navigated the challenges of raising children alone in Alaska, I can attest to the invaluable support provided by the state’s government and non-profit programs. Below, I’ve detailed some of the most prominent programs that have personally helped me and many others in similar situations. These are lifelines that I’ve relied on.

Public Aid Programs for Single Moms in AK

If you are looking for a specific city in Alaska, visit the links below:

AlaskAdvantage Education Grant (AEG)

The state of Alaska provides the (AEG) or the AlaskAdvantage Education Grant based on individual needs. The grant amount varies from $500 to $3,000 for each year of attendance. However, funds are limited and given out in order of requirement.

To check if you are eligible, apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by contacting your school’s financial aid office for more information.

Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program

As someone who has experienced the uncertainty of being an unemployed single mother, I know firsthand the relief provided by Alaska’s UI Program. This program is especially vital for those of us balancing part-time work with family responsibilities. To access this support, I recommend filing for benefits online through the official Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development website. Or you may call the Alaska Job Center Network at (877) 724-2539 (toll-free) or visit the closest center to you.

Heating Assistance (HAP) Program

As someone who has faced the challenges of Alaska’s harsh winters, I can attest to the importance of the Heating Assistance Program (HAP). Winter can be a tough time, especially when you’re juggling many responsibilities. This grant provides valuable assistance to families who meet federal poverty income requirements. I encourage you to start your application on October 1 through various avenues – you can visit the WIC Office, go to the nearest Department of Public Assistance Office, or simply access the Alaska state government website.

If you have questions about eligibility or need assistance with your application, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) at 1-800-470-3058 or via email at My personal experience has shown that this program can be a crucial source of support during the winter months.

Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency (PASS)

Alaska has a Child Care Assistance Program known as PASS or Parents Achieving Self-Sufficiency. Eligible single mothers must be employed or enrolled in school to get this grant.

To check if you are eligible for this grant, contact the DHSS office online, or you can reach a Child Care Program Office (CCPO) at or 1-888-268-4632.

Denali KidCare – Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

As a parent, I understand the challenges of ensuring your child’s health, especially in the midst of a pandemic. Denali KidCare, Alaska’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, has been a crucial resource for my family and can be for yours too. To apply for this program, visit their website to check your income requirements, or reach out to your local public assistance or DHSS office for personalized assistance.

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Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

As a single mother who has faced times of financial hardship, I can vouch for the vital support provided by the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP). This program offers temporary financial assistance to eligible families, making it easier to navigate challenging situations.

For those interested in ATAP, I suggest visiting their official website to thoroughly review the eligibility requirements and funding limitations online. You can conveniently download the application form from their site and then send it to a local public assistance office via fax or mail. This program has been a lifeline for me during tough times.

SNAP (FOOD STAMPS) for Single Mothers

Having experienced financial challenges as a single mother myself, I understand how tight budgets can be. When you need a little extra to make ends meet, SNAP (commonly known as food stamps or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) can be a lifeline. SNAP offers support to low-income residents in Alaska.

To determine your eligibility and apply online, I recommend visiting the official SNAP website. You can also reach out to a SNAP specialist at (844) 222-3119 or via email at My personal experience has shown me the value of this program in times of financial need.

General Relief Assistance (GRA)

Having personally faced the challenges of providing for my family as a single mother, I understand the critical role that the General Relief Assistance (GRA) plays in helping with essentials like food, shelter, and even burials. Eligibility for this program is based on factors such as age, residency, and need level. To assess your eligibility and apply for this grant, consider downloading the application form from the official website or reaching out to your local district office for personalized guidance.


I’ve personally relied on Medicaid as a crucial source of public aid for healthcare in Alaska, and I can attest to its significance. Medicaid is a federal healthcare program available through the Division of Public Assistance. If you’re unsure about your eligibility or wish to learn more about this program, you can reach out to them at (907) 644-6800 or 1-800-770-5650. Additionally, for detailed information and to schedule an appointment for Medicaid, you may contact them at (907) 465-3347 or via email at You can also visit your local DHSS Office for in-person assistance.

Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD)

For single mothers like myself, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) can provide some much-needed financial relief. This annual payment is tied to Alaska’s mineral profits and can be a substantial help to families. Your eligibility for the PFD depends on the royalties from mineral resources. To check if you qualify for the PFD and to learn more about this program, visit the official Alaska Department of Revenue PFD website. I’ve personally found this to be a valuable resource for financial support.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!