$30,250 in grants awarded
to Alaska community organizations
January 12, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Seattle-based Community Advisory Board
(CAB) of American Seafoods Group, one of the nation's largest
seafood processors, announced Wednesday it has awarded a total
of $30,250 to 23 Alaskan community projects through its community
Proposals were approved at the CAB's December meeting in Anchorage,
and include SeaPro in partnership with Ketchikan's Alaska Ship
and Dry Dock ($2,000), the St. Paul Food Bank ($2,000), Bristol
Bay Native Association Regional Food Bank ($4,000), and the Aleknagik
First Responders ($2,000). A full list of the awards can
be found on the American Seafoods website at www.americanseafoods.com.
"The money American Seafoods provides makes a big difference
and we appreciate their efforts to help rural Alaska," said
Phyllis Swetzof, a city official in St. Paul who also works
with the community's food bank and volunteer fire department,
both of which received grants. "The American Seafoods Community
Advisory Board does a great job figuring out an equitable answer
to everyone's requests and tries to aid as many organizations
that are in need as possible."
The CAB grant program awards
$75,000 annually to organizations and programs in Alaskan communities
and has awarded more than $500,000 in total since 1997. Program
funds are granted to projects that address a variety of issues
including; hunger, housing, safety, education, research, natural
resources and cultural activities.
"Through the CAB, American
Seafoods is proud to help rural communities in need throughout
Alaska" said Inge Andreassen, president of American Seafoods
Company. "Each of the organizations provide important resources
and services to the people in their communities and we are pleased
to support their efforts."
The CAB is comprised of volunteers from all regions of Alaska.
Proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria: need
in the community, project description, the number of people who
will benefit from the program, and other matching funds.
Applications for consideration
at the CAB's next meeting in February are available at www.americanseafoods.com
or by contacting Kim Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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