Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc., (RurAL CAP), recommended more than $5 million grant awards to 59 organizations in communities statewide under the Thriving Communities Grants program, through funding provided by the State of Alaska Department of Health COVID-19 Health Equity grant.
The purpose of the Thriving Communities Grants program is to fund Alaska-based organizations working to promote health equity and reduce disproportionate negative health outcomes, including impacts of COVID-19, to populations that are medically underserved and at higher risk for poor health. These populations include cultural minorities, low-income and rural communities, and historically underserved and marginalized communities. To serve the long-term goal of creating healthy and equitable Alaska communities, RurAL CAP sought to fund projects that address the five key areas of social determinants of health determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2023 Program.
“These awards elevate and benefit our entire state with an exciting and diverse range of community-driven, locally minded projects,” said Tiel Smith, RurAL CAP chief executive officer. “We are honored by the opportunity to support our fellow Alaskans in their efforts to thrive and look forward to supporting the work toward lasting, healthy outcomes.”
Funded projects include but are not exclusive to food security programs; early childhood education and family support; youth programs; rural healthcare infrastructure improvements; cultural engagement opportunities; homelessness response; and more.
The interactive map on this page displays the approximate location of each Thriving Community grantee across the state of Alaska.
A downloadable PDF listing all the grantees is available at the bottom of this page so you can access this information even if your connection does not allow the map to load properly.