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Foundation Announces 45 Awards in 3rd Quarter


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Rasmuson Foundation announced that in the third quarter of 2009 it made 33 awards of $25,000 or less through its Tier 1 and Tier 2 programs, 11 awards through Arts and Culture Initiative programs, and one Foundation-initiated award. The total amount awarded in this period was $1,097,671, and a complete list can be found here. Past awards are also searchable online.

Tier 1 and Tier 2
Several third quarter recipients of Tier 1 and Tier 2 awards will be engaged in projects that document or preserve Alaska history and culture including: University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research (Anchorage), will publish a memoir/biography of Vic Fischer; the Alaska Native Sisterhood Association (Wrangell) will commission an engineering assessment for the restoration of Shakes Island tribal house; the Valdez Museum and Historical Society (Valdez) will upgrade the Exxon/Valdez Oil Spill exhibit; the Hope and Sunrise Historical Society (Hope) will create interpretive exhibits about the 1904 Hope schoolhouse; and the University of Alaska Southeast will advance the construction of the Eagle totem at the Juneau (Auke Bay) campus.

Also among the awards announced are capital improvements for two rural health clinics: the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe (Yakutat) will renovate their facility to include dentistry; and Igiugig Village will install a water well.

Other awards include support for Southwest Region School District (Dillingham) to install a greenhouse for a community gardening project in New Stuyahok; and Alaska Lighthouse Association (Douglas) to perform an alternative energy upgrade for Point Retreat Lighthouse.

The Tier 1 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. Tier 2 grants of $25,000 or less 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, performance artist Emily Johnson's "The Thank-you Bar: Exploring Native Identity" was presented in Anchorage, and Homer; while Ketchikan and Haines presented Cajun and Afrobeat musicians.

Seven arts and culture organizations received support through the Organizational Advancement Fund for staff professional development or to build the internal capacity. These include Anchorage Concert Association (Anchorage), which will produce a strategic plan; and Samuel K. Fox Museum Association (Dillingham) which will employ an intern to catalog artifacts.

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

>From time-to-time, Rasmuson Foundation makes awards outside of established grant programs to address a critical need or emerging opportunity. In the third quarter, the Foundation awarded $500,000 to United Way of Anchorage, which worked with its peer United Ways around the state to distribute among safety net organizations that serve Alaskans most in need of food and shelter. More information and a list of recipient organizations can be found here. Rasmuson Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications for Foundation-initiated awards.

Information about all Rasmuson Foundation grant programs is available here.

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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