During the KMTA CCA Board Meeting in early April, 10 community grants were awarded for a total of $62,562 in funding. These projects will leverage over $80,000 in community investment.
- Girdwood Bear Aware – Awarded $2,050 to create publications that raise awareness and educate community members and visitors about how to live and recreate responsibly in bear country.
- Girdwood Children’s Fine Art Camp – Girdwood A Sense of Place and Time project was awarded $3,670 for student artists to produce a 16-month calendar depicting landmarks, historical features, and the nature of Glacier Valley.
- Four Valleys Community School – Awarded $4,291 to support Summer Adventure and Educational Camps for the youth of Girdwood, Bird, Indian, and Portage.
- Girdwood Parks & Rec – Awarded $4,920 for the purchase of tools and equipment to maintain and map local trails.
- Moose Pass Chamber of Commerce – Discover the Story of Moose Pass Publication was awarded $10,014 for the first phase of manufacturing this new book focused on the history of Moose Pass.
- Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Nature’s Challenges of Portage, Alaska interpretive sign project was awarded $1,072 to update AWCC’s current earthquake exhibit.
- City of Seward Museum – Awarded $979 to upgrade the historic Iditarod exhibit in the Seward Museum.
- Beluga Whale Alliance – Awarded $9,859 for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Citizen Science and Interpretation Program which will collect scientific sightings data and provide educational programming for locals and visitors.
- Hope and Sunrise Historical Society – Awarded $11,500 to restore the interior of the Hope Guard Station, which was decommissioned by the US Forest Service last year.
- Alaska State Parks, Division of Interpretation and Education – The Video Trail Guides & Interpretation Panel project was awarded $14,207 to produce an educational video and panel for trail-users in the northern region of the National Heritage Area.
Thank you to all who submitted an application:
There were many applications for local community projects within the heritage area for this past grant period, and while we wish that all projects recognizing and promoting the historic, scenic, and natural resources of the corridor could be funded, the KMTA grant program is competitive.
Next Granting Cycle:
The next grant application cycle will open in August. The KMTA CCA Board will meet in September to determine the Fall recipients.