For Immediate Release on July 1, 2011
Contact: Jordan Marshall, 334-0510

$4.34 million in awards announced

Anchorage - The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors met this week in Anchorage and awarded $3,953,000 in Tier 2 grants and Foundation Initiatives.

Also announced with this release are Tier 1 and Harper Arts Touring awards totaling $380,682 that were made in the second quarter of 2011.

A complete list of awards is attached.


Tier 2 Awards:
Tier 2 awards are for strategic projects and the expansion or start-up of innovative programs by established organizations. The Board of Directors considers Tier 2 grants, which are more than $25,000, twice a year at its board meetings. Letters of inquiry are required and accepted year-round. Tier 2 grants awards announced are:
Catholic Social Services' Clare House (Anchorage) was awarded $450,000 to purchase and renovate a larger facility. Clare House provides emergency housing to women and children. 

Rainbow Connection (Anchorage) was awarded $50,000 to construct a covered horseback riding arena to quadruple the number of people served annually. Rainbow Connection provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to children and adults living with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. 

Rural Alaska Community Action Program (Anchorage) was awarded $500,000 to renovate an Anchorage motel into Karluk Manor, a Housing First facility that provides housing to chronically homeless alcoholics; and $300,000 to construct a new early learning center in Toksook Bay that will house Head Start and Parents as Teachers programs. 

YWCA of Anchorage (Anchorage) was awarded $60,000 to replace the roof of its administration building.

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services (Anchorage) was awarded $50,000 to expand its Day Break Adult Day Center that supports persons experiencing Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Bristol Bay Native Association was awarded $100,000 to implement the Bristol Bay Wellness Program.

Two libraries received support: the City of Ketchikan was awarded up to $500,000 to construct a new Ketchikan Public Library and the City of Petersburg was awarded up to $500,000 to construct a new Petersburg Public Library.

The Pribilof School District (St. Paul) was awarded $280,000 to renovate St. Paul's school gym, which functions as a community and public education center.

Alaska State Fair (Palmer) was awarded $138,000 to replace the roof and repair the interior of the Don Sheldon Building. 

Anchorage Museum Association (Anchorage) was awarded $75,000 to replace display cases. 

Sunshine Community Health Center (Talkeetna) was awarded $250,000 for a satellite health clinic in Willow.


The Rasmuson Foundation Board of Directors allocated $650,000 to oral health projects and $50,000 to collect oral histories of early Anchorage residents.


Tier 1:
The Tier 1 program is a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation's grantmaking and provides grants of up to $25,000 for capital projects, technology updates, capacity building, program expansion, and creative works. Applications are accepted year-round.

Among the awards are several organizations that will purchase equipment for their services, including: Sitka Fine Arts Camp (Sitka); Alaska Immigration Justice Project (Anchorage); Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (Kenai); Program for Infants and Children (Anchorage); and Southcentral Foundation (Anchorage).

Alaska Museum of Natural History (Anchorage) and Bean's Café (Anchorage) received support for technology upgrades.

Anchorage Urban League (Anchorage) received support for program and evaluation planning of the Black Men and Boys Initiative.

Bristol Bay Borough (Naknek) will renovate the Kvimarvik swimming pool to include a community recreation room.

The Irene Ingle Public Library in Wrangell will purchase turnkey automation software. The Homer Public Library and Petersburg Public Library will update and develop their collections.


About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband "E.A." Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.

05/31/2012 click to download 2011 2nd Qtr Grant Awards