Juneau,AK (KINY) The Douglas-Dornan Foundation of the Juneau Community Foundation funded 13 grants that total nearly $29,000 this year.
Executive Director Amy Skilbred says the Foundation was pleased with the grants this year.
"The Juneau community foundation has been able to provide a fair amount of support. This year the grants totaled $28,760, and were given out to support organizations that provide activities and support for youth in Juneau and South East Alaska."
The program has funded between $25,000 and $30,000 each year since they began funding grants in 1994. Over $425,000 in grants have been issued since the Foundation was created.
Programs funded this year include the Association for the Education of Young Children, which provides the Dolly Parton imagination reading program at local libraries. This program encourages parents to read to their children.
Others funded included the Juneau Alaska Music Matters at various schools like Glacier Valley Elementary, Riverbend Elementary, and Auke Bay Elementary.
They also fund the Close Up Program at Juneau High Schools which help students get information on colleges and campus life. It also helps them learn about government and how our democracy works.
Other grants were issued to Juneau Youth Sailing and the Lynn Canal Running Club.
The program also helps the Parent Safe Graduation Party for graduates of Juneau-Douglas High and Thunder Mountain High each May.
Skilbred said the programs make a difference in a lot of ways.
"It was a big year. We funded 13 of 17 applications. The fund was established in memory of Brian Douglas and Wyatt Dornan, who were both active members of our community. Each year we advertise and accept applications for grants after April 1st."
Skilbred says they fund charitable organizations, foundations or other non-profit 501(c) (3) organizations, or child care institutions, foster parent programs and early childhood education programs in Southeast Alaska, individuals who are pursuing special training and education in any field of professional endeavor, and events or special services that enhance the overall quality of life, like amateur sports, theater, and music.