City Council Approves Non-Profit Funding

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The Kodiak City Council last Thursday approved a new round of funding for local non-profit organizations.

The city council approved a resolution awarding $89,000 to local non-profit organizations for city support for the next year. In addition to the "real money" contribution the city also gives a significant amount of in-kind donations, usually in the form of free rent or free use of city property.

KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more.

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In the interest of full disclosure, Kodiak Public Broadcasting Corporation which owns and operates KMXT, received $10,000 from the city.

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The city council approved a resolution awarding $89,000 to local non-profit organizations for city support for the next year. In addition to the "real money" contribution the city also gives a significant amount of in-kind donations, usually in the form of free rent or free use of city property.

City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski sums ups this year’s applicants:

Most asked

Traditionally, funding for non-profits came from the city’s portion of the state revenue sharing program. The state has since eliminated that every-year chunk of change to Alaska’s towns and cities, but the city continues to fund the non-profits, which compliment services provided by the city. Or in some cases, provide services that would not otherwise be available locally.

To ensure stability for non-profits and to reaffirm its commitment to the groups, the city council in office in 2005 changed the program and criteria for requesting funds. The city now funds the local organizations up to a maximum of 1 percent of the city’s budgeted general fund revenues.

The city also funds some non-profit organizations out of the its regular budget. One of those is the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Janet Buckingham is the KICVB’s executive director…

Janet

Part of this year’s funds for the KICVB will be used to promote conventions now that Kodiak has a new convention center.

Another organization that receives funds for services is the Kodiak Humane Society, which operates the local no-kill animal shelter. Kniaziowski said the Humane Society has run the shelter for the city since 1995…

Aimee on KHS

And that is just what council members did. They also authorized the Kodiak Football League to collect admission fees and sell concessions for high school football games and authorized a lease of the Head Start Building with Rural Alaska community Action Program-better known as RurAL CAP.

I’m Maggie Wall.

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