Jeff Baird, Senior Program Associate
The new University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium show River of Bears is an example of a creative project supported through the Tier 1 program.

The new University of Alaska Anchorage Planetarium show River of Bears is an example of a creative project supported through the Tier 1 program.

Ladies and gentlemen, please take a moment and locate some breathing apparatus. I am about to take you on a year-end deep dive of Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 1 program, and some extra O2 could come in handy.

The Tier 1 program is intended for projects up to $25,000. While most requests, and consequently most awards, are for capital projects, the Tier 1 program will also support technology updates, capacity building, program expansion, and the development of new creative work such as media productions and cultural arts projects.

Applications are accepted any time and the Foundation will provide an answer to your request within 90 days of receiving a complete application. Thanks to the great project ideas coming from the nonprofit sector, Rasmuson Foundation awarded more than $3 million to 162 organizations through the Tier 1 grant program. See the entire list of Tier 1 grants here.

As the list below shows we awarded at least one Tier 1 grant to every region in Alaska.

Aleutian & Pribilof Islands – 1
Arctic Slope – 2
Bering Strait – 1
Bristol Bay – 2
Copper River – 1
Interior – 19
Kodiak – 5
Northwest Arctic – 5
Prince William Sound – 6
Southcentral – 84 (detail below)
Southeast – 26
Yukon-Kuskokwim – 5
Statewide – 5

Total 162
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Southcentral:

Anchorage 52
Mat-Su 17
Kenai 15
Total 84

Thirty-five organizations received their first Tier 1 award in 2013, and roughly 90% of the 2013 awards were for capital items, including construction, renovation or equipment elements. So that’s what happened in 2013. Now let’s talk a little bit about what to expect in the coming year.

Rasmuson Foundation staff wants to hear from you and so we ask that you call us before submitting an application. We enjoy brainstorming with you and ultimately will try and position you to have a successful experience. So, do us a favor when you are finalizing your 2014 budget. Consider whether your organization has needs that might be eligible for Tier 1 support in the new year. When you catch your breath, give us a call, and we’ll get 2014 started the right way. Happy New Year everybody!

One Response to “Tier 1: Looking back, looking ahead”

Kerry Dorius says: December 28th, 2013 at 11:30 am

I have my O2 mask on. My table is in its upright and locked position. I am taxiing to the end of the runway. You will be hearing my turboprops soon.

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