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Fat Friday: Alaska delegation brings home $12.2 million this week

Alaska Dispatch
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Every Friday Alaska’s congressional delegation touts how much federal grant and loan funding it has helped bring home. And Alaska Dispatch does its part to contribute to the long history of journalistic stenography. In effect, we take out the funky code, and sometimes some of the breathless descriptions, and pretty much lay out the goodies received for the week.

Some Fridays are fatter than others, but this one skews more towards the lean, particularly compared to what Alaska reaped at the end of June. Then, Alaska took home more than $1.8 billion. This week state organizations received a modest $12,191,240.

This week's biggest winner was the Alaska Department of Transportation, which receive $8 million for environmental mitigation at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Read on and see what your community or employer may have received.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration:

  • $274,983 grant to the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission as part of the Alaska Native Organization Co-Management Funding Program.

U.S. Department of Transportation

  • $8,000,000 grant to the State of Alaska Department of Transportation for environmental mitigation at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
  • $1,425,000 grant to the Municipality of Anchorage to acquire safety equipment and fencing for Merrill Field Airport.
  • $1,304,000 grant to the Municipality of Anchorage for vehicle replacement through the State of Good Repair Program.
  • $458,425 grant to the State of Alaska Department of Transportation to remove obstructions for airports throughout Alaska (Beaver; Bettles; Birchwood; Council; Hughes; Huslia; Kake; Ketchikan International; Klawock; Koyukuk; Shageluk; Talkeetna; Tatitlek)

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

  • $397,879 grant to Catholic Social Services of Anchorage as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

  • $148,750 grant to the Anchorage Museum Association to develop Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living, the first exhibition of its kind to present and interpret the history and culture of the Dena’ina Athabascans. 
  • $129,497 grant to Pratt Museum of Homer to continue to develop and grow its education programs.
  • $52,706 grant to the Kodiak Historical Society to complete design development of exhibits at the Baranov Museum.