The Ketchikan City Council will vote Thursday on this year’s funding levels for the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and 17 local nonprofit organizations.
The KVB funding is provided by two city accounts: Tourism and Economic Development, and the Port Department’s marketing services account. In a memo to the Council, City Manager Karl Amylon notes that this year’s funding for the KVB is about $8,500 less than last year because of cuts approved earlier by the Council.
If approved, the amount designated for the visitors’ bureau this year would be $333,450.
Community nonprofit agencies would share about $366,000 from the city if the Council approves a separate motion Thursday related to that issue. According to the city, the Community Grant Committee met twice last month, and representatives of the 17 nonprofits attended those meetings to talk about their requests.
The committee came up with a list of recommended grant amounts for each agency. Receiving the most would be the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, and Southeast Senior Services Care Coordination, both recommended at $49,000. The smallest recommended grant is $8,800 to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Below is a complete list of the 17 nonprofit groups and their recommended grant amounts.
- Alaska Small Business Development Center – $22,400
- Love In Action – $10,000
- Big Brothers Big Sisters – $8,800
- Rendezvous Senior Day Services – $25,000
- Southeast Senior Services Care Coordination – $49,000
- Southeast Senior Services Food and Fuel – $22,000
- Historic Ketchikan – $30,000
- Ketchikan Committee for the Homeless (PATH) – $45,710
- Ketchikan Youth Court – $11,500
- Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council – $49,000
- First City Players – $13,000
- Women in Safe Homes – $15,000
- Alaska Legal Services – $18,500
- First City Homeless Services Day Shelter – $10,000
- Southeast Alaska Independent Living – $13,500
- Ketchikan Wellness Coalition – $11,900
- Ketchikan Boys and Girls Club – $11,000