JUNEAU The state Department of Community and Economic Development is offering mini-grants for economic development to small communities and organizations.
The department, the Denali Commission and the U.S. Forest Service have joined together to continue the state's mini-grant program, which has $645,000 in its coffers. The department will administer the program.
Grants for up to $30,000 are available for projects that benefit communities with a population of 10,000 or less. The grants are part of a statewide effort to "provide a boost" for local economic development efforts, according to a press release from the state. Projects eligible must support community economic development or development strategies. These efforts can include business plan and feasibility studies, strategy development, and design and engineering planning.
Applicants eligible for the grants include cities, Native councils or local nonprofit organizations. Grant applications are due Oct. 12 in the Department of Economic Development's Anchorage office. More information may be obtained from Nelda Warkentin at (907) 269-4568.