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Foundation Announces 17 Awards Made in Fourth Quarter 2009

Anchorage - Rasmuson Foundation announced that in the fourth quarter of 2009 it made 17 new grant awards totaling $345,375. These join the seven large grants announced December 2009. A complete list is attached to this release. All past awards are also searchable online at www.rasmuson.org.

Small Grants
Several fourth quarter recipients small grant awards -- $25,000 or less -- will be engaged in projects that enrich Alaska history and culture including: Calista Elders Council  (Akiak, Marshall, Nightmute) will purchase equipment for three culture camps in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region; the Native Village of Kwigillingok (Kwigillingok) will purchase and complete of 10 traditional kayaks to support subsistence activities, cultural preservation, and elder-youth communication; the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society (Sitka) will commission architectural design for rehabilitation of the Japonski Island Boathouse; and the City of Petersburg - Petersburg Public Library  will improve and expand its collections.

Also among the awards announced are capital improvements to enhance energy efficiency for existing structures: Victory Ministries of Alaska (Fairbanks) will complete of a winterized cabin at Camp Li-Wa and Senior Citizens of Kodiak (Kodiak) will purchase and install energy efficient windows at the Kodiak Senior Center.

Other awards include support for Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Bethel) to purchase Head Start playground equipment and construct a cemetery fence for the community of Napaskiak; Nenana Tortella Council on Aging (Nenana) to renovate handicapped accessible ramp, stairs, railing, and porch; and City of Kenai - Kenai Community Library (Kenai) will develop a library laptop lending program.

The small awards program is a cornerstone of Rasmuson Foundation's grantmaking and funds the equipment, vehicles, building repairs and other capital expenditures that support the nonprofit sector. Small awards are also help established organizations undertake strategic projects and expand or start-up innovative programs. Applications are accepted year-round.

Arts and Culture Initiative
The Harper Touring Arts Fund helps offset costs of bringing high quality arts experiences to rural and underserved communities throughout Alaska and encourages tours of Alaska's performing and visual arts. Last quarter, Alaska Arts Southeast (Sitka) was awarded travel support for Indigo Piano Trio to tour Southeast Alaska during January 2010.

Trailer Art Center (Anchorage), Perseverance Theatre (Douglas) and Anchorage Opera Company (Anchorage) received support through the Organizational Advancement Fund for staff professional development or to build the internal capacity.

Applications to both the Harper Touring Arts and Organizational Advancement Funds are accepted year-round.

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.

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