The Rasmuson Foundation awarded $500,000 to the Brother Francis Shelter, $100,000 to the Kodiak Area Native Association and $500,000 to the city of Kodiak for its new library.
On June 27 the Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors met for a biannual meeting where the board approved $9.6 million in funding to nonprofit organizations across Alaska.
Rasmuson’s Tier 2 grant program supports large capital projects that address issues significant to the community or state.
The $500,000 grant to the Brother Francis Shelter is broken into two parts: $400,000 is an outright grant and the other $100,000 is a match grant. The Rasmuson Foundation will match every dollar the shelter raises up to $100,000.
“We’re delighted to have gotten it,” said Brother Francis Shelter program executive director Monte Hawver said.
The shelter plans to put the funds toward a $1.2 million-dollar addition and renovation project. The shelter will add a new roof, sprinkler system, heating system and floors to the building. It will also add a dining area, a commercial kitchen and offices.
“We aren’t planning an increase in services,” Hawver said. “It’s just an increase to provide for the next 20 years of services, to increase space and to better deliver the services we currently provide.”
KANA received the money to modernize the dental clinic in the Alutiiq Health Center. The organization plans to install new dental chairs and purchase new dental equipment.
The city of Kodiak will use its award for the new public library.
“This is a large grant, and will be used with other funds for the construction of the project,” city manager Aimée Kniaziowski said in an email.
The city filed a preliminary letter of interest with the Rasmuson Foundation in 2011 and was formally invited to apply for the grant. A Rasmuson representative came to Kodiak to meet with city staff and project team members for an interview and site visit.
“We are so appreciative to have received the full $500,000 grant as a result of our Rasmuson Tier 2 grant application,” Kniaziowski said. “We’ve always planned for the need to raise money through grants and gifts to leverage the state and local funds that have been put into the project.”
The investment brings the library closer to its goal of fully funding the $12.5 million project, but there is still work to be done. The city and the Kodiak Public Library Association will continue to fundraise the remaining $241,000 through a community capital campaign.
Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiak