For Immediate Release
Contact: Cassandra Stalzer, 907-334-0520

31 grant awards announced

Anchorage –  In the fourth quarter of 2011, Rasmuson Foundation made 31 small grant awards totaling $474,860 to Alaska nonprofits. A complete list of awards can be found at the end of this release. Past awards are also searchable online here.

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. Examples of Tier 1 grants made during the period are:

• Alaska Children’s Services (Anchorage), Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository (Kodiak), and Four Valleys Community School will make technology improvements.
• The City of Nome (Nome) Kegoayah Kozga Library and Mountain View and Muldoon branches through the Anchorage Library Foundation (Anchorage) will enhance their collections.
• Kenai Peninsula Food Bank (Kenai) and Food Pantry of Wasilla (Wasilla) will make facility enhancements and expand freezer capacity, respectively.
• Alaska Children’s Institute for the Performing Arts (Kenai) will install a new septic system for its Triumvirate Theatre.
• Threshold Services (Kodiak) will construct a fence to surround the recycling facility.
• Valley Performing Arts (Wasilla) to replace light and sound equipment.
• Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (Bethel) will be given support for its Bethel Teen Healthy Behaviors Outreach Program.
• Sitka Sound Science Center (Sitka) will remove hazardous chemicals from one of its facilities.
• Providence Alaska Foundation (Anchorage) will purchase a restorative therapy bike for its outpatient orthopedic clinic.
• First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Anchorage) in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation will provide training and technical assistance programming for the Alaska Native community.
• Pratt Museum (Homer) will conduct a research project to increase knowledge of its audience to enhance the quality of its visitors’ experiences and assist in planning for its new facility and programming.
• Valdez Museum and Historical Archive Association (Valdez) will expand its aviation exhibit and enhance it to include a hands-on, interactive component.

Organizational Advancement Fund
The Organizational Advancement Fund was created to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of organizations that provide arts and cultural experiences to the citizens of Alaska by encouraging sustainable operations and strong leadership. (Note: As of Jan. 2012, Organizational Advancement Fund ceased to be a stand-alone grant program. Activities supported by the fund are now open to requests from all nonprofit organizations under the Tier 1 program.)
• 49 Writers (Anchorage) will develop a long-range strategic plan.

Harper Arts Touring Fund
The Harper Arts Touring Fund provides travel support to offset the cost of bringing quality art performances to underserved and rural communities.  Alaska Arts Southeast (Sitka) was awarded assistance in travel expenses for the classical music group Indigo Trio to travel to four Southeast communities. Alaska Library Association (Fairbanks) was awarded travel support for author David Vann to tour four communities.

About the Foundation
The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson. The Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.
4th Qtr 2011 Awards(1)