Master gardener classes open
The Central Kenai Peninsula Master Gardener Program Sign-up period is now open, with an invitation to Homer gardeners who want to achieve new levels using their green thumbs.
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteers provide leadership and educational services to the community in home horticulture. Anyone with an interest in horticulture and helping others may apply for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Even beginning gardeners are welcome.
Forty hours of intensive horticultural training is offered for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners, taught by University of Alaska Fairbanks Professors, as well as horticultural professionals from our community. The classes are held weekly, Tuesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., Jan. 15 through May 7, 2013.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Applications are available through the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Peninsula District office and website. To request an application, call 262-5824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications need to be submitted to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Kenai Peninsula District office (43961 K-Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK 99669) by close of business on Dec. 21.
Even if you’re not interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer, you are still welcome to take the class for your own personal benefit!
For more information, contact Lydia Clayton, UAF Cooperative Extension Service Agent at email@example.com.
Nonprofits win grants
This month, the Alaska Community Foundation awarded $15,990 to six nonprofits across Alaska, three of them on the Kenai Peninsula.
These grants are the result of the first round of grants from ACF’s Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations grant program. Capacity building is a common term and a frequent request for assistance in the nonprofit world that refers to activities that improve and enhance a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time.
Simply put, a nonprofit builds its capacity when it expands in areas like leadership development, community engagement, and program development in a way that improves the nonprofit’s effectiveness in achieving mission. That is exactly what six Alaska nonprofits are doing as a result of the first round of grants from ACF’s Capacity Building for Charitable Organizations:
• The Kachemak Heritage Land Trust in Homer is using their grant
award to organize a statewide meeting of Alaskan Land Trusts;
• Ninilchik Senior Citizens, Inc. is using funds to engage in strategic planning;
• Beans Café in Anchorage is using their funds for business planning;
• The Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra in Eagle River will be increasing their social media outreach as a result;
• The Southern Peninsula Hospital in Homer will be purchasing software to facilitate the community health planning efforts of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships of the Southern Kenai Peninsula
• The Nikiski Senior Center is using funds for board strategic planning.
Unlike traditional grant programs that fund projects or services, the CBCO program focuses on improving the skills of staff and board members as well as the infrastructure of an organization to increase the organization’s effectiveness in delivering programs and services.
The second round of applications for a CBCO grant is open now and ends on Dec. 3, at 9 p.m. For grant guidelines, a list of potential capacity building activities and additional information visit www.alaskacf.org or call 907-334-6700.
The Alaska Community Foundation would like to thank the Rasmuson Foundation for their generous support of the CBCO Program.
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