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Funders, Supporters, and Collaborators

Many thanks to these grantors who understand the value of the Arts Council and help to support KAAHC programming and events for the entire Ketchikan Area.


  • The City of Ketchikan has supported the ongoing operations of KAAHC through grant based funding since before 1981. Operating funds are the most difficult to secure for nonprofit organizations, making municipal support all the more crucial. In 2021 the City of Ketchikan reduced operating grants to all non profit applicants between 3 and 4%, in KAAHC's case it was a reduction of 12%. Even so, the operating grant will help sustain KAAHC as we navigate 2021 and the difficulties all nonprofits will face moving forward.

    In addition, KPU Electric granted KAAHC a COVID Relief electric subsidy which reduced KAAHC's overall expenses in 2020.

  • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has supported the ongoing operations of KAAHC through grant based funding since before 1981. Those granted funds were split equally by the Arts Council and First City Players until 2013 when First City Players began fundraising for the Ketchikan Performing Arts Center and was best served securing funding as a stand alone organization. In 2021 operating grant funds from the Borough will remain the same amount as it has for the past several years.

    In addition, in 2020 KAAHC received COVID relief grants from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough CARES Act funds. Because the Borugh granted relief funds, KAAHC was eligible to receive matching relief funds from the Rasmuson Foundation.

  • 50% of the operating grant funds from the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) to the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council are regranted from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funds to the Alaska State Council on the Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts must be matched by funding from the State or the NEA funding is withdrawn. ASCA's grants are distributed in July, in 2021 KAAHC's operating grant will remain the same as the past several years.

    In addition, in 2020 ASCA served as a passthrough for CARES Act relief funds to KAAHC from the National Endowment for on the Arts.

  • The National Endowment for the Arts provides matching grants to States' Arts Councils in order to fund regional and local arts organizations. KAAHC receives operating funds through the Alaska State Council on the Arts, of which, 50% is from the NEA and 50% is matched from the State Department of Education and donors.

    In addition, in 2020 the NEA recieved CARES Act relief funds to be distributed to all State arts with the mandate to disburse the funds across the State. We received funds from this source through the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

  • In addition to grants to help organizations fund small, short term capital projects, the Rasmuson Foundation provides funds through the Alaska State Council on the Arts to help fund the expense of bringing performing musicians to Alaska, and to provide professional development for staff and boards of organizations. In 2021 the Rasmuson Foundation granted a Tier 1 grant to KAAHC to fund our "Mixed Up" the 35th Annual Wearable Art Show FILM.

    Knowing nonprofit arts organizations were not eligible for the majority of the Federal CARES Act COVID Relief funds, the Rasmuson Foundation created a program to match grants to arts organizations made by local municipalities across the State. Because the Ketchikan Gateway Borough granted CARES Act Relief funds to KAAHC, we were also eligible to receive a matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.

  • In 2020 the Alaska Humanities Forum granted KAAHC COVID relief funds. The funds were a regrant from the National Endowment for the Humanities CARES Act funds. These were the first relief funds KAAHC received in 2020.

  • KAAHC received COVID Relief funds from the AK Can Do Arts and Culture Round of funds through the Alaska Community Foundation