SHI receives funding from Rasmuson Foundation for Soboleff Center

$9.9 million awarded statewide

Sealaska Heritage Institute was awarded $1,250,000 from Rasmuson Foundation last week toward construction of the Walter A. Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. The funding, announced Wednesday at the foundation’s biannual meeting, was part of a total $9.9 million in Tier 2 grants, investments and initiatives distributed statewide.


Also in Southeast, the Metlakatla Indian Community was awarded $159,217 to preserve the exterior of its Longhouse.

Here’s a look at other projects across the state.

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts: $450,000 to make acoustic improvements in the Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall.

Anchorage Museum Association: $200,000 for the 2013 Dena’ina Huch’ulyeshi exhibition.

Anchorage Park Foundation: $2,775,000 that includes a 1-to-1 challenge grant of up to $1,100,000 for its future growth strategy.

Arc of Anchorage: $250,000 for construction of a residential home for people with disabilities.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority: $450,000 to construct affordable senior housing in Eagle River.

Volunteers of America: $300,000 to build additional low-income townhomes in Anchorage.

Copper River Native Association: $500,000 to purchase equipment and supplies for its new clinic.

Bread Line soup kitchen: $135,000 grant to complete renovations to accommodate the Stone Soup Café in Fairbanks.

Village of Old Harbor: $60,000 to renovate the historic Three Saints Orthodox Church and Museum.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies: $141,000 to replace its dock and barge system at Peterson Bay Field Station.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe: $750,000 to support the construction of the Dena’ina Wellness Center.

Sterling Community Club: $120,000 to construct and equip a multi-purpose community center.

The Native Village of Tyonek: $260,000 to construct a new health clinic

Northern Susitna Institute: $150,000 to purchase property for a community center in Talkeetna.

Valley Residential Services: $475,000 toward providing quality, affordable housing to those with special needs, and a $450,000 Program Related Investment loan to purchase an office building.

Maniilaq Association: $250,000 in memory of former Senator Al Adams for mammography and ultrasound equipment at the Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue

Statewide, the foundation announced a plan to invest $500,000 over two years in Recover Alaska, a collaborative effort to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol in Alaska, and $250,000 to the Alaska Community Foundation, which will use the funds to expand The Community Asset Building Initiative, a program to build permanent, local endowment funds across the state.

Rasmuson Foundation’s Tier 2 program supports large capital projects, projects of strategic importance or innovative nature, or the expansion or start-up of programs that address issues of broad community or statewide significance.

Program Related Investments are equity investments, linked deposits or loans that can be used by a foundation to support a charitable project or activity.

The Rasmuson Board of Directors considers Tier 2 grants and PRIs twice a year at its board meetings. Letters of inquiry are required and accepted year-round.

The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband “E.A.” Rasmuson. Through grantmaking and initiatives, the Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for all Alaskans.


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