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Mat-Su Health Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants



Wasilla, AK-The Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) announced its third and
fourth quarter Healthy Impact grant awards to qualified nonprofits
serving Mat-Su residents. Twelve organizations received a total of
$1,982,099 for projects that help build opportunities
for a healthy life in Mat-Su. A complete list of Fall 2010 grant awards
is attached to this release.


The Foundation board authorized an additional $870,335 to Nugen's Ranch
to address funding shortfalls in the construction of a new long-term
residential treatment facility at Point Mackenzie. This follows a $1
million grant toward the project made by MSHF in 2009. This 16,857
square-foot facility will house 25 clients needing rehabilitation,
residential treatment education and advocacy services for their chronic
substance abuse.


Three multi-year grants were awarded to help new programs reach
sustainability: $77,082 for Mat-Su Services for Children & Adults'
Carseat Safety Program; $135,000 for Wasilla Seniors' Club 50 program;
and $300,000 for Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency for Alaska's Mat-Su
respite and outreach program. Two nonprofits received funding to
purchase vehicles for transporting clients: Family Promise Mat-Su and
Palmer Senior Center. Two grantees received funding to develop land for
public access and healthy recreation: Alaska Pacific University Spring
Creek Farm and Alaskans for Palmer Hay Flats.


Alaska Children's Services provides a broad range of psychiatric
services to support youth with severe emotional disturbances, and
approximately 13% of the children served are Mat-Su residents. MSHF
awarded Alaska Children's Services $150,000 to renovate housing for its
residential program. Community Sports received $75,000 to conduct a
feasibility study for converting the AT&T Sports Center into a nonprofit
business to promote physical activity.


Teri Namtvedt, Chair of MSHF, explains, "These grants and grantees help
to further the Foundation's goal to create the healthiest borough in
Alaska. We commend these nonprofits for their work-whether it be to
advance the health, safety and fitness of kids to senior citizens or to
address the serious behavioral health issues that create so much havoc
in the lives of local families. These organizations are doing their
part to create a healthy community, and we salute them!"


The MSHF offers Healthy Impact and Target Wellness grant programs to
improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su. The
Foundation awards Healthy Impact Grants, any request over $15,000, twice
a year. The next Healthy Impact Grant award cycle commenced November
29, 2010, and Project Pitches for this award cycle are due in the MSHF
office by 4 p.m. on January 7, 2011. Target Wellness grant proposals
$15,000 and under are welcomed throughout the year, and decisions and
distributions are usually made within 30 days. Healthy Impact and
Target Wellness grant awards must meet MSHF grant guidelines. For more
information about any of the MSHF grant programs and application
procedures, prospective grantees can go to www.matsuhealthfoundation.org
<http://www.matsuhealthfoundation.org/> .

The Mat-Su Health Foundation is the official business name of Valley
Hospital Association, Inc., which shares ownership in Mat-Su Regional
Medical Center. In this capacity, the MSHF board members and
representatives actively participate in the governance of Mat-Su's
community hospital and protect the community's interest in this
important healthcare institution through board oversight. The MSHF
invests its assets into charitable works that improve the health and
wellness of Alaskans living in Mat-Su.

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