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Pebble Fund Announces Spring 2010 Grants

Bristol Bay Nonprofits Awarded $842,947 million from Pebble Fund

ANCHORAGE - Seventeen groups, schools, villages and tribal councils serving the Bristol Bay area have been awarded grants totaling $842,947 from the Pebble Fund, a charitable fund created at Alaska Community Foundation by The Pebble Partnership.

An independent advisory committee of leaders from the Bristol Bay region selected four primary areas of interest for grant-making from the Pebble Fund:  renewable resources/fish, energy, education, and community and economic development. Grant recipients were selected in a competitive process with the advisory board reviewing applications and selecting projects for awards.

"Today, we are pleased to announce these grants which support workforce development, fisheries, community health, economic development, education and basic social services for the people of Bristol Bay.  We know there are many needs in the region and are proud to bring these private philanthropic dollars to support community driven projects," said Iris Matthews, ACF Senior Program Officer.

Projects to be funded include capacity building for Southwest Alaska Vocational Education Center, support for a new building for the UAF Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham, support Traditional Council of Togiak to form a Western Elders Conference and continuing support for the study of smolt production in the Black Lake area.  

A complete list of the awards is attached and is available at the Foundation web site: www.alaskacf.org. To date, The Pebble Fund has awarded $2,367,598 in support of nearly $12 million in community projects. 



The Pebble Fund, which will distribute another $2.6 million to the Bristol Bay area over the coming three years, was created by The Pebble Partnership to fulfill a promise of $5 million over five years for projects in the Bristol Bay region.



The Alaska Community Foundation manages more than $43 million in charitable funds and makes grants to organizations across the state. In 2009, more than $10 million was distributed to nonprofits and charitable activities.

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