About three years after forming, the Ketchikan Community Foundation handed out its first grants to local nonprofit agencies on Friday.
According to the Foundation, about $11,000 was distributed to four Ketchikan organizations.
Those groups are:
- Special Olympics Alaska, which received $2,500 to fund travel and training for participants.
- Ketchikan Theatre Ballet, which received $2,500, for scholarships to economically challenged youth.
- Ketchikan Volunteer Hospice, which received $5,000 to provide bereavement training for volunteers.
- Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council, which received $1,264 to help 10 local teachers travel to to the Basic Arts Institute in Juneau.
The Foundation’s endowment fund has grown over the past few years to about $260,000. Earnings from the fund will be used to provide grants for community projects.
Disclosure: KRBD was one of the applicants for a Foundation grant.