Applications being accepted for rural healthcare grants

Applications for projects designed to improve rural health care systems in Alaska, including emergency preparedness and pandemic response, are being accepted through April 24 by the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage.

Awards are to be announced in early May.

Eligible projects include medical and dental equipment, technology and vehicles ancillary equipment for emergency services, facility renovations, restorations and furnishings.

Supplies related to novel coronavirus response are eligible too.

Funding for these grants came from Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, which established the time-limited $3 million grant program in late 2019.

Grant applications are online at


The Premera Rural health Care Fund is administered by the Rasmuson Foundation and is held at The Alaska Community Foundation.

The first round of 10 grants was approved in February, including awards to the Breast Cancer Detection Center of Alaska in Fairbanks, Mat-Su Health Services, Maniilaq Association, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., Seldovia Village Tribe Bristol Bay Area Health Corp., Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Kenaitze Indian Tribe and Girdwood Health Center.

The deadline for applications in this cycle was moved up a month because clinics have urgent needs at this time, Rasmussen Foundation officials said.