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Pebble Fund Fall 2013 Grant Cycle Opens

Pebble Fund Fall 2013 Grant Cycle Opens

ANCHORAGE (Alaska) – Organizations working to enhance sustainable and healthy communities in the Bristol Bay region are encouraged to apply to the 2013 grant cycle of the Pebble Fund, a charitable fund established by the Pebble Partnership at The Alaska Community Foundation. Applications are due Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9 p.m. Eligibility requirements and application instructions are available at www.alaskacf.org/grants.

Since 2008, nonprofit organizations located in the Bristol Bay region have received over $4.75 million in program and project support from the Pebble Fund. This support has had an incredible impact on Bristol Bay Communities.

“I am very grateful for both of the programs we have received funding for,” states Terri Storrs, Bristol Bay Borough Parks & Recreation Supervisor. “The pool facility renovations and Teen Leadership & Lifeguard Program have had a very positive impact on our youth and therefore, on our community.”

Early in her tenure supervising the Bristol Bay Borough’s community swimming pool, Terri noticed that young people spent a lot of time hanging out in the pool’s small lobby. She believed that increasing the lobby’s capacity would better serve Naknek’s young adult population, but could not figure out how to obtain the required funding. When the Pebble Fund grant application cycle was announced, Terri jumped at the chance to create a positive space for local youth.

“If kids are here Friday and Saturday night, we know where they are and that they are supervised.”

The renovated pool lobby opened in November 2011 and has been a resounding success. However, Terri wanted to do more. She later applied for a second Pebble Fund grant to develop the Teen Leadership & Lifeguard Program. Currently in progress, the Teen Leadership Program offers local youth an opportunity to work at the pool, a first in Kvimarvik Swimming Pool history. By training to become lifeguards, youth are encouraged take on additional responsibilities and become positive role models in their community.

“The Pebble Fund pushed the Teen Leadership & Lifeguard Program from idea into reality,” says Terri. “By securing grant funding for the first year, we were able to gain the necessary support for program implementation.”

Grant recommendations for the Pebble Fund are made by the volunteer independent Pebble Fund Advisory Board, which focuses on projects and programs that directly benefit the communities in Southwest Alaska. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org/grants

Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation cultivates, celebrates and sustains all forms of philanthropy by connecting people who care with causes that matter. With assets of $60 million in 280 charitable funds, ACF grants $5-6 million each year to statewide nonprofit and charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.alaskacf.org or call (907) 334-6700.

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