The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.8 million to eight nonprofit organizations and a workforce housing developer.
Grants were awarded in support of projects in Anchorage, Cooper Landing, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Seattle, and Wasilla. Recipients include Women in Safe Homes, which was awarded $200,000 in support of a partnership with the City of Ketchikan to renovate and repurpose the former Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility as a domestic violence shelter; Alaska Behavioral Health in Anchorage, which will receive $300,000 to purchase and renovate a building to serve as a hub for consumer-driven behavioral health care in the city; and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, which will receive $250,000 for repairs and upgrades to its research and testing facility and a low-cost $200,000 loan to bridge any financial shortfalls as it reorganizes and forges a partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
"We are pleased to support Alaska nonprofits for these important projects that truly improve life in Alaska," said Rasmuson Foundation president and CEO Diane Kaplan. "Organizations are finding ways even in trying times to meet needs, to survive financially and to partner with others in areas from health care to housing. We applaud all who are doing so much to adapt to our new normal."
For a complete list of the foundation's latest grants, see the Rasmuson Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Cold Climate Housing Research Center)