From left: Jessica Ieremia Petersburg Community Foundation board president, Angela Davis Petersburg Indian Association , Rita Byrer and Kathy Emmenegger hospital guild, Tom Abbott KFSK, Mark Kubo Petersburg Arts Council and WAVE, Carin Christensen Mitkof Dance Troupe, Nancy Strand Clausen Memorial Museum, Heidi Cabral Petersburg Children’s Center, Katie St. John and Mariko Sarafin from The Alaska Community Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Holli Flint)

An endowment fund in Petersburg in November paid out mini grants to 10 organizations in the community. The Petersburg Community Foundation awarded its first ever mini-grants to local non-profits.

“This grant cycle was the first mini-grant cycle and grants were awarded up to 500 dollars, which is kindof nice because you could have a program or project already in the works and maybe need just a little extra funds, or unexpectedly some office equipment died,” explained the foundation’s program manager Holli Flint. “Many unforeseen expenses come up that would easily fall within the mini grants.”

Flint says there were many more applications than the foundation could award. They did award 10 grants totaling nearly 5000 dollars.

KFSK received one of the grants to replace a computer in the recording studio used by community members. That 500 dollar grant was also matched by Alaska Airlines. It will pay for an upgraded production computer used by organizations and volunteers recording announcements, music shows and weekly radio segments on KFSK.

Joe Viechnicki spoke with Flint about the other mini-grants awarded.

Another round of grants is expected in the spring.