(July 23, 2021) – The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) awarded more than $1.98 million in grants to organizations across the state in the fourth and final quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2021.

Trust grants are awarded throughout the year to Alaska nonprofits, Tribal entities, state and local government agencies, and service providers that serve Trust beneficiaries. Beneficiaries include Alaskans who experience mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and traumatic brain injuries. This quarter’s grants, part of the Trust’s approximately $25 million annual grant program, fund beneficiary-supporting programs and initiatives that align with the Trust’s mission and values.

“With these grants, Trust funds are meeting their intended purpose of working to improve the lives and circumstances of Trust beneficiaries,” said Mike Abbott, CEO of the Trust. “With Trust funding, our grantees are helping beneficiaries better access addiction treatment and behavioral health services, attain housing, live self-directed lives in their home communities, and more. We are grateful that we can use Trust resources to meaningfully support organizations across Alaska that are providing essential services and improving the continuum of care.”

Many of the projects that are awarded Trust grants will also receive funding from the philanthropic community, private donations, earned revenue, and other community support. The total value of the projects funded by the Trust this quarter is approximately $12.3 million.

Among the grants awarded in the fourth quarter of FY 2021:

Coordinated Street Outreach

City and Borough of Juneau: $33,800

This coordinated effort will provide unsheltered persons immediate access to services and access to monthly community case conferencing meetings with the goal of supporting them along pathways toward housing stability. Street outreach will be arranged at least twice a month, with a team of trained staff from partner homelessness service providers. Trust beneficiaries who are living outside often need consistent outreach before accepting housing or services.

Community Transportation Capacity Building

Alaska Mobility Coalition: $20,600

Safe and dependable transportation allows Trust beneficiaries who experience disabilities easier access to employment opportunities and services and supports they need to live their best possible lives. The Alaska Mobility Coalition will leverage Trust funds to build capacity and advocacy efforts and to explore opportunities to emulate other successful state coalitions that are improving mobility and transportation options for Trust beneficiaries.

Seldovia Clinic Construction Phase 1

Seldovia Village Tribe: $50,000

Seldovia Village Tribe (SVT) is the primary healthcare provider in Seldovia through their federally qualified community health center model, SVT Health & Wellness. Trust funds will support phase 1 of the Seldovia Clinic Construction Project and assist with the completion of a 3,900 square-foot stand-alone health center in the community. The new facility will allow for additional space and services to better accommodate patients’ healthcare, wellness, and behavioral health needs locally. The Trust is a partner funder for this phase, with a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration grant providing a majority of the funding. 

Below is a complete list of Trust grants awarded in the last quarter. You can learn more about the grants in a quarterly grant report posted online.

Organization NameProject TitleGrant Amount
The Foraker GroupLeadership Summit 2021$2,500
Catholic Social ServicesConsulting for Medicaid 1115 Waiver$33,250
Ionia, Inc.Strengthening Ionia Phase 3$5,000
Out NorthMental Health Mosaics$40,600
Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent LivingThe Bridge Encampment Outreach Project$75,000
Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent LivingReentry Housing$80,000
Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent LivingCareline Operations Expansion$100,000
All Alaska Pediatric PartnershipAlaska Early Childhood Development “Amazing Books”$5,090
Volunteers of America AlaskaClinical Skill Development – VOA Youth Treatment Services$100,000
Alaska Mobility CoalitionCommunity Transportation Capacity Building$20,600
Mat-Su Health FoundationMat-Su Community Development Coordinator$100,000
FOCUS, Inc.Summer Camp 2021$4,000
New Life Development Inc.Residential Reentry Services Program$50,000
CCS Early LearningExpanding Mental Health Services in Head Start$50,000
Anchorage Coalition to End HomelessnessAnchorage Homelessness Communications Plan$20,000
Programs for Infants & Children, Inc.Infant Learning Without Walls$100,000
City and Borough of JuneauCoordinated Street Outreach$33,800
Seldovia Village TribeSeldovia Clinic Construction Project Phase 1$50,000
Girdwood Health Clinic, Inc.Girdwood Health Clinic Replacement$50,000
University Of Alaska AnchorageCurriculum for Authentic Rural Transitions to Adulthood$65,935
University Of Alaska AnchoragePeer Support & Peer-Centered Crisis Response Statewide Training Development$33,308
Council of Athabascan Tribal GovernmentsArctic Village Clinic Replacement$50,000
Alaska Center for PediatricsCreating Access for Adolescent Depression Screening and Follow-up During the COVID-19 Pandemic$61,000
Tanaina Child Development CenterTanaina Playground Installation$18,200
Story Works AlaskaStories Work: Telling, Listening, & Building Healthy Connections at McLaughlin Youth Center$10,000
23rd Veteran23V Recon Group X$50,000
REACH, Inc.Integrating Infant Mental Health Approaches in Early Intervention$50,000
Alaska Public MediaDeep-Dive Mental Health Projects$80,000
University Of Alaska AnchorageMy Place Rapid Rehousing Evaluation $99,976
JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc.Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Reentry Coalition Capacity Development – Juneau$100,000
Interior Alaska Center for Non- Violent LivingAlaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Reentry Coalition Capacity Development – Fairbanks$100,000
Valley Charities, Inc.Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Reentry Coalition Capacity Development – Mat-Su$100,000
NeighborWorks AlaskaAlaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative: Reentry Coalition Capacity Development – Anchorage$100,000
Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental HealthProject Compass: Leading the Way in Workforce Development for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Services in Alaska$50,000
Concussion Legacy Foundation Inc.CLF Patient Services Project Alaska$100,000