The Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage has announced grants totaling $11.4 million to sixteen nonprofits in Alaska.
The largest grant, a $5 million multiyear commitment to the University of Alaska Foundation, will support the next phase of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, which the foundation has invested in since 2002. ANSEP offers a variety of supports designed to prepare middle and high school students for college and help those in college succeed. The grant will help ANSEP establish an Acceleration Academy for high school students in Anchorage.
Other grant recipients include the Alaska State Council on the Arts, which was awarded $1.34 million over three years; Museums Alaska, which will receive $1.3 million over four years to help local museums acquire art and manage their collections; and the Maniilaq Association, which was awarded $150,000 for a $1 million project to expand and improve an existing health clinic. The foundation also awarded $92,000 to help pay for a new roof at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, the only emergency shelter for men, women, and children in Interior Alaska, and $350,000 to the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer for the renovation of its historic Colony Barn.
"These grants show the ways — large and small — that Alaskans find solutions to problems, whether it is building a portable clinic for a community like Kivalina that needs to be relocated or an organization like ANSEP that is creating pathways for students from middle school to college," said Alexandra McKay, the foundation’s vice president of programs.
For a complete list of grants, see the Rasmuson Foundation website.