The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation has announced grants totaling $9.7 million to local organizations working to strengthen communities and the nonprofit sector in Alaska.
The grants will support programs and activities across the state in a range of areas, including the arts, the environment, health care, housing, and technology. Grant recipients include the Alaska Botanical Garden, which was awarded $775,000 to build a new greenhouse and restrooms, design a new visitor center, and boost staff capacity; the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which received $299,890 and a one-to-one challenge grant of up to $100,000 to implement a comprehensive strategic initiative that places art creation at the heart of the center's mission and builds staff capacity and financial sustainability; and the United Way of Anchorage, which was awarded $250,000 in support of the ongoing work of Housing Anchorage, a group of community and nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and housing developers focused on developing affordable housing in the Anchorage area.
The foundation also awarded $1.65 million over three years to the Foraker Group to provide technical assistance and training to ensure the vitality and sustainability of Alaska's nonprofit sector; $250,000 to the Chinik Eskimo Community toward construction of a steel building to house search and rescue equipment; up to $200,000 in the form of a two-to-one matching grant to the Carol H. Brice Family Center to improve air quality in and upgrade the energy efficiency of its facility; and $495,000 to the Big Lake Lions Foundation toward completion of a community room, kitchen, and offices at the Big Lake Recreation and Community Center.
In addition, the foundation allocated $900,000 over three years to its Pre-Development Program in support of consulting and technical assistance to nonprofits, and $900,000 over three years to its Sabbatical Program in support of retention efforts targeting senior leaders in Alaska's nonprofit sector.
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Rasmuson Foundation Web site.