The Kodiak City Council voted unanimously to authorize 19 nonprofits to receive grant funding and in-kind contributions for fiscal year 2020, helping some of these organizations stay afloat despite the state’s recent budget cuts.
The total cash contribution from the city’s general fund was $175,000, which will support youth and adult recreation programs, public safety support programs, and emergency response support programs.
An additional $9,982 from the tourism development fund was awarded to the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository and the Kodiak Maritime Museum.
In addition, the council has allocated $368,104 for in-kind contributions, which includes paying for rent, fuel, sewer and water, among other items, said City Manager Mike Tvenge during a council meeting Thursday.
The formula created to allocate funds is equal to 1% of the city’s general fund, Tvenge said.
“The council supports these nonprofits in the work that they do and we are going to provide when we can,” Tvenge said at a work session Tuesday.
For some nonprofits, the city’s funding is the reason their doors are still open, such as the Kodiak Brother Francis Shelter, which lost about half its income in the state’s budget cuts, said Monte Hawver, the shelter’s executive director.
“With the cutting of state funding, the (grant) funds will be more needed than ever,” Hawver said.
For FY2020, the Brother Francis Shelter received $15,000 in cash contributions, which the shelter uses to pay for food and general operations. The organization also received $97,336 in in-kind contributions, which helps the shelter pay for rent, sewer and water.
Another nonprofit, Hope Community Resources, received $5,000, according to city council meeting documents. It has been receiving grants from the city for the past 10 years for its recreation program at an average of $5,000 each year, said Kris Jez, the deputy director of internal and external relations for Hope Community Resources.
“With the Kodiak city grant, we are able to provide fun and engaging activities through the adult rec program to approximately 20 individuals who experience developmental disabilities,” Jez wrote in an email to the Kodiak Daily Mirror on Thursday. Those individuals “are able to go bowling, swimming, kayaking, beachcombing, picnicking, hiking, bicycling, berry picking, fishing, rabbit hunting, boating and pursue many more outdoor activities.”
The grant funding Hope Community Resources receives from the city is the only money the adult recreation program receives, Jez wrote.
“Without these funds the programming would be greatly limited and we would need to increase attendance fees for those who attend who are unfortunately already on a very fixed income,” she wrote.
The Kodiak History Museum received $103,384 of in-kind contributions, which is used to pay for rent, electric, heating and some basic repairs, said Executive Director Sarah Harrington.
“We have a pretty significant support from the city,” she said.
At the end of the vote authorizing payment to the city’s nonprofits, council members noted their importance in Kodiak.
“I am pleased that we are able to pass this res and fully fund the nonprofit request,” council member John Whiddon said. Nonprofits “represent not just critical infrastructure and critical social service agencies, but also different agencies — Girl Scouts or hockey league — that really make up the fabric of this community.”