Rasmuson Foundation Gives More Than $1M to Southeast Projects

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - At its biannual meeting, the board approved more than $6.5 million in awards. The investments are aimed at communities from Unalakleet to Sitka.

    The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded more than $1 million to projects in Southeast Alaska after areas of investment were recently approved by the foundation board of directors. At its biannual meeting, the board approved more than $6.5 million in awards. The investments are aimed at communities from Unalakleet to Sitka.

    Closer to home, the Alaska Community Foundation received $300,000 to expand and renovate the Sitkans Against Family Violence shelter. The shelter and office space are housed in a repurposed 1960s apartment building with cramped conditions. The remodel will make some needed repairs and will create more space and privacy for the women and children who seek shelter there.

    The Sitka Summer Music Festival will get $350,000 to renovate Stevenson Hall, the festival headquarters. The renovation will preserve the façade of this more than 100-year-old building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, while updating it inside and out. The project also will add needed acoustical performance space. The year-round festival features concerts, workshops and touring performances.

    Sitka Trail Works also received $117,000 to help complete the last 2.6 miles of the Cross Trail, providing a safe route for hikers, walkers and cyclists.

    A total of $300,000 disbursed over three years will help renovate 10 well-used public use cabins in the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

    The National Forest Foundation will match 1-to-1 every dollar that Rasmuson Foundation invests.

    The cabins targeted for repairs and upgrades are Aspen Flats, Goose Bay, Harrison Lagoon and Paulson Bay cabins in Chugach National Forest, and Alava Bay, Allan Point, Deep Bay, Fred’s Creek, Kanga Bay and Windfall Lake cabins in Tongass National Forest.

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