Local Nonprofits Grant $54,699 to Support Suicide Prevention in Alaska

April 13, 2015

Building upon the success of a pilot program originally championed by Representative Anna MacKinnon, The Alaska Community Foundation and Alaska Children’s Trust are proud to again partner with the State of Alaska to promote community-based efforts to support youth suicide prevention. The Alaska Community Foundation is proud to match dollar for dollar the state appropriation for this important grant program. Special thanks to the individual donors who also contributed to this program.

In March, the Teen Suicide Prevention Grant Program awarded 12 grants totaling  $54,699 across the state. Applicants were encouraged to align projects with strategies from the Alaska State Suicide Prevention Plan.

According to Trevor Storrs, Executive Director of Alaska Children’s Trust, “We were excited to awards grants in White Mountain, Shaktoolik, Huslia, Elim, Juneau, Cordova, Fairbanks and Sitka for local projects and nonprofits in Mat-Su and Anchorage for projects that have a statewide reach to directly enhance community-based efforts to prevent teen suicide.”

“Because of generosity of the State of Alaska, we are also offering all grantees the opportunity to participate in Suicide Prevention eLearning courses through the Department of Education,” states ACF Program Officer Emily Bass.

“Our office & the community thanks you and your organization for granting our youth this award!” says Shandara Swatling, Tribal Administrator for the Huslia Tribal Council. “We just announced that Huslia would once again be able to have the youth summer camp and the joy coming from our community radiated from the radio. Ana Basee’.”
For a complete list of grant awards, please visit www.alaskacf.org/tspp.

For more information about suicide prevention efforts and resources in Alaska please visit StopSuicideAlaska.org.

To learn more about ACT, visit www.alaskachildrenstrust.org.