The Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation has announced grants totaling $8.1 million to local organizations working to improve the lives of people living in Alaska.
The grants will support programs and activities across the state in a range of areas, including capacity building, the environment, health care, housing, and technology. Grant recipients include the Girl Scouts of Alaska, which was awarded a total of $800,000, including a $200,000 matching grant, to build a new lodge and infrastructure at its Singing Hills camp; the Fairbanks Resource Agency, which received $395,000 to help develop eight affordable housing units for low-income adults with disabilities; and the Alaska State Fair, which was awarded $100,000 to purchase Sudsy's Barn, an interactive educational attraction that promotes good health through handwashing.
The foundation also awarded a $500,000 grant to the Army Historical Foundation in support of a Technology and Tactics exhibition in the National Museum of the United States Army, construction of which is scheduled to begin in 2015. Other grants were awarded to the Alaska Community Foundation ($750,000) to launch a grant program for local nonprofits over the next three years, and the City and Borough of Juneau ($50,000) to install a commercial kitchen at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Rasmuson Foundation Web site.