Thanks to individuals, businesses, and the Rasmuson Foundation, seven Chilkat Valley Community Foundation grant awards, totaling $10,500, were announced on Thursday, November 21, 2013. An audience of more than 50 people gathered to hear which projects had been selected and to learn about the successes of last year’s grantees.
Grant recipients briefly shared their project plans which ranged from a music and movement project for preschoolers at the Chilkat Valley Preschool to building the organizational capacity of the Haines Arts Confluence to further develop the Art on Main Street project which supports artists, economic development, and downtown rejuvenation. See the grant list below for more award information.
Kingfisher Consulting’s Mini-Tech grant was awarded to the Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts (FCCA) to purchase the first piece of equipment to begin improvements to the sound system in the Center. FCCA anticipates using the grant to leverage contributions from other funders for their Lights, Sound, Action! theater upgrade project.
Thanks to our donors’ generosity, last year’s grantees had some exciting success stories to share! High school students explained how they developed alternative energy sources for the school’s new electronic signboard which was funded by a CVCF grant, case workers shared that Lynn Canal Counseling was able to use their CVCF grant to obtain more than $30,000 in additional funding to upgrade technology which has resulted in more direct service time with clients, and the Executive Director at Haines’ Southeast Alaska Independent Living enthusiastically shared their success in both supporting the needs of disabled individuals in the community and garnering additional contributions from other donors to support needed services.
The day of the grants reception, Chair of Chilkat Valley Community Foundation’s Advisory Board, Ann Myren, was smiling broadly: “I am inspired by the way our donors are helping make so many wonderful projects happen. The collective good will of grant recipients, donors, businesses and individuals to improve the quality of life in the Chilkat Valley is truly amazing.”