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Unalaska Nonprofits Ask For Almost $1.3 Million In City Grants

Mar 28, 2018

The restoration committee for the Holy Ascension Cathedral has requested $50,000 to install a fire suppression system inside the 122-year-old Russian Orthodox church.
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This year, 10 nonprofits are seeking financial support from the City of Unalaska to the tune of almost $1.3 million.

The City Council heard requests Tuesday from organizations including Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, the Museum of the Aleutians, and the Qawalangin Tribe.

In total, the nonprofits are asking for almost $100,000 more than the city awarded last year.

For repeat applicants, the largest increase came from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has requested an extra $25,000.

Director Carlin Enlow said that money would go towards rebranding and new staff.

"We’ve created a new seasonal position, which is the cruise ship coordinator," said Enlow. "We’ve launched a new website. We’ve obtained a proposal for a new visitor’s guide designer, producer, and printer. And we’ve been seeking a graphic designer for a revamped logo."

Meanwhile, the restoration committee for the Holy Ascension Cathedral has made a one-time capital request for $50,000.

Father Evon Bereskin said the funding would help protect the 122-year-old Russian Orthodox church, which currently has just a few fire extinguishers.

"With 697 priceless artifacts, the cathedral is in need of a fire suppression system," said Bereskin.

He said the committee would use the grant to install a water misting system that’s gentler than regular water sprinklers.

The City Council is expected to make its final decision on grant funding next month, as the city continues to refine its 2019 budget.