Foundation awards $9.6 million to community groups

Several agencies will receive $1 million or more for projects.

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comJune 28, 2012 

Alaska Railroad steam Engine #557 passes by Elderberry Park on its journey back to Alaska on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. The locomotive first came to Alaska in Dec. 1944 and was sold to a private museum in Moses Lake, Wash. in 1964. The Alaska Railroad hopes to restore it for excursions and tours.


The Rasmuson Foundation's board of directors approved $9.6 million in funding for 18 nonprofit projects in Alaska at its biannual meeting Wednesday. Several awards were for $1 million or more. Groups received grants for a variety of projects involving health, education, history and social services.

The recipients, by location, are:


United Way of Anchorage: $1 million to support the "90 percent by 2020" program to increase high school graduation rates.

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center: grant for up to $650,000 to install updated breast imaging equipment at the new health clinic.

Access Alaska: $500,000 grant and $500,000 Program Related Investment loan to purchase and renovate its operations building in Anchorage.

Rural Alaska Community Action Program: $450,000 to purchase and renovate a child development facility for low income families.

Alaska Community Foundation: $350,000 for a fund established by the Alaska Railroad to restore historic steam engine No. 557.

Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska: $200,000 to renovate a facility to house the Gan Yeladim Early Learning Center.

Alaska Pacific University: $100,000 for activities to build student enrollment and increase annual giving.

Anchorage Park Foundation: $100,000 for installation of two art panels as a component of the renovation of the Anchorage Veterans' Memorial.


Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies: $1 million to construct an extended-stay shelter for women and children.

Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministry (dba The Glory Hole): $120,000 to make weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to its facility, which provides food and shelter to homeless individuals.


Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak: $500,000 to expand and renovate its homeless shelter.

City of Kodiak: $500,000 to construct a new public library.

Kodiak Area Native Association: $100,000 to modernize the dental clinic in its Alutiiq Health Center with new dental chairs and equipment.

Kenai Peninsula

• The City of Soldotna: $495,000 grant to purchase fixtures, furniture and equipment for the expansion of the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Public Library.


Southcentral Foundation: $1,258,900 to furnish and equip a 21-chair dental clinic in the new Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla.


Statewide Emergency Food and Shelter Network administered through United Way of Anchorage: $1 million for a one-time distribution of funds.

Alaska Immigration Justice Project: $500,000 to expand the programs and services offered by its Language Interpreter Center.

Rural Alaska Community Action Program: $250,000 to make improvements to Head Start facilities in several rural communities.

The foundation reports that it has made more than $200 million in grants over the course of its existence. The first grant was made in 1955, $125 to purchase a movie projector for the Wasilla Presbyterian Church.

Reach Mike Dunham at or 257-4332.

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