Four local cultural and arts nonprofits that received funding from the Kodiak Economic Development Corp.’s Small Business Emergency Grant Program have doubled their award amounts thanks to the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.
The $42,500 award was announced at a city council meeting last week.
According to application documents, the additional awards included $12,500 for the Alutiiq Museum, $10,000 for the Kodiak Arts Council, $12,500 for the Kodiak History Museum and $7,500 for the Kodiak Maritime Museum.
The award is part of a $250,000 Municipal Arts and Culture Matching Grant program offered by the Rasmuson Foundation in partnership with Alaska municipalities and in cooperation with the Alaska Municipal League.
After the KEDC distributed $2.4 million to local businesses and nonprofits earlier this summer, the organization submitted paperwork to the Municipal Arts and Culture Matching Grant Program on behalf of the local eligible organizations.
Through the matching grant program, the Rasmuson Foundation matched funds allocated to culture and arts organizations from the federal CARES Act.
According to the Rasmuson Foundation, grant funds may be used for any operation or program expense incurred by organizations from March 1 through Dec. 15 in accordance with CARES Act funding guidelines.
The Kodiak History Museum will use the funds to cover operational costs, Sarah Harrington, the executive director of the Kodiak Historical Society, said in an email.
“The Kodiak Historical Society and Kodiak History Museum are deeply appreciative of the support of the Rasmuson Foundation,” she said.
The museum has been closed since March because of the pandemic. As a result, it has lost an estimated $90,000 in admissions and store sales revenue.
This is not the first time the Kodiak History Museum has received funding from the foundation. Other programs and projects supported by the foundation include the Permanent Exhibits Redesign and Facility Upgrade Project, Youth Film Intensive Projects, grants for art acquisitions and collections work through Museums Alaska, among others.
The museum plans to reopen next month with limited hours for the public to view the galleries and shop in the store, with events and programming continuing virtually. The museum still accepts requests for research by appointment.
April Counceller, executive director of the Alutiiq Museum, said in an email that the pandemic has changed operations significantly, and the funds will help the museum cover costs while “we ride out the storm.”
“We have halted all in-person events and now have just a trickle of summer visitors during open hours. This has reduced our store and admissions income considerably,” Counceller said.
The Kodiak Maritime Museum has also lost a significant amount of money with the cruise ship season and local events canceled due to the pandemic. The museum lost $10,000 in canceled harbor tour tickets that are usually sold on cruise ships, $17,000 from canceling its booth at Crab Fest and ComFish, and projects it will lose $13,000 more from the loss of fall fundraising.
Checks and award letters will go out after the Labor Day holiday, Deputy City Manager Josie Bahnke said in an email.