Students from Ketchikan’s Head Start transplant carrots in the Ketchikan Public Library’s children’s garden. Garden material was paid for in part through a 2017 Ketchikan Community Foundation grant. (Ketchikan Public Library photo provided by KCF)

Ketchikan Community Foundation plans to distribute about $26,000 in grant awards this year to local nonprofit organizations.

A public celebration to announce grant recipients is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. Winning organizations will have representatives on hand to accept the awards.

According to the foundation, 20 local nonprofits submitted grant applications, with requests totaling about $79,000. Marggie Sweetman, Grants Committee Chair, says in an announcement that enough funds were available to award grant to seven applicants.

This is the third year KCF has awarded grants. The foundation has identified three funding categories that rotate each year. This year’s category was “Community Enrichment.”

In the foundation’s first year of funding, four organizations in Ketchikan received more than $11,000. The category that year was “Physical and Emotional Support.” In 2017, more than $28,000 was awarded to 12 nonprofits for programs that serve youth.

KCF’s grants are funded using a percentage of earned income from the foundation’s permanent endowment.

Friday’s awards ceremony coincides with the annual Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council’s Celebration of the Sea Art Walk.