The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) and Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) on May 4 announced the 2017 recipients of grants to support youth suicide prevention in Alaska.
In April, the Teen Suicide Prevention Grant Program awarded 17 grants totaling $81,928 across the state. Applicants were encouraged to align projects with strategies from the Alaska State Suicide Prevention Plan.
This grant program, now in its sixth year, is supported by many funders both within and outside Alaska. In addition to support from ACF and the state of Alaska, the program also receives critical funding from Rasmuson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and, for the first time this past year, Wal-Mart Foundation. The program also received a grant from the Caroline Christen Torgerson Memorial Fund, an unrestricted fund at ACF.
Katie St. John, Director of Programs and Grants at ACF says, “We were thrilled to be able to award such a large number of grants this year to so many worthy organizations across the state, many of them rural communities providing critical services to their residents. From Metlakatla to Paimiut to Kiana and Hooper Bay, organizations throughout Alaska are working closely with their communities to provide help, hope, and healing to those suffering from the effects of suicide or struggling with it themselves.”
For a complete list of grant awards, please visit http://alaskacf.org.
For more information about suicide prevention efforts and resources in Alaska please visit StopSuicideAlaska.org.