The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation has announced twenty-four grants totaling $10.6 million in support of Alaskans and Alaskan communities.
The grants include more than $6 million to Alaska nonprofits, tribal organizations, and local governments, and $4.6 million for investments in the arts and other initiatives. Grant recipients include Mat-Su Borough, which was awarded $450,000 in support of a new library and community center upgrades in the town of Willow; the Sun'aq Tribe, which was awarded $375,000 to expand its WildSource seafood processing facility; the Anchorage Community Land Trust, which was awarded a grant of $350,000 over four years in support of its Set Up Shop program for entrepreneurs; and Cook Inlet Lending Center, which was awarded $1 million in the form of a loan and a grant to provide capital to small businesses in the region.
The foundation also announced the launch of a two-year pilot initiative aimed at improving the quality of camp experiences in the state and boost scholarship support so that more youth can attend camp. As part of the initiative, $330,000 was awarded to the Salvation Army of Alaska to improve the experience at King's Lake Camp near Wasilla.
"These projects have real impact on individual lives and on communities," said Rasmuson Foundation president and CEO Diane Kaplan. "The Church of Love in Spenard, for instance, is a place where a community becomes stronger through art and creativity, and we are supporting a major remodel of that building, owned by Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Concerts, art shows, and art camps all happen there. Artists and small business people rent space there. One tenant is a chocolate maker who graduated from Set Up Shop."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Rasmuson Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak)