Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Grants have helped with health, education, income stability, and also fight problems that plague Alaska communities like suicide, drug abuse, and homelessness.
About $1.8 million dollars will be available through grants funded by the CBJ Social Services Block Grants and the Juneau Community Foundation Hope Endowment Program in 2018.
A public meeting designed to answer questions about eligibility, what to do, and deadlines for applications was held last night at the downtown library.
Juneau community foundation executive director Amy Skilbred said she thinks the grants are making a difference, "I've been reading reports on the past grants. They do everything from building House First, to working with families on parent teacher programs, and assisting Alaska legal services so people can get social security benefits they are entitled to."
Skilbred said both of the grants have also helped in areas of education, and community problems, "We work with clients at AWARE and other agencies and they are making an impact. We started working with Gastineau Human Services on a residential treatment program and also an outpatient treatment program. These programs have been working."
The funds are for non profit agencies only and a letter of interest is required December 29th. The applications are due on January 8th. The money can not be used for construction or maintenance of facilities. For more information call (907) 523-5450 or go online to www.juneaucf.org