New federal aid finances coast lands protection, health care

New federal grants totaling $5.48 million have been awarded to the Native Village of Napakiak for restoration and protection of coastal wetlands in Napakiak from NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s 2021 National Coastal Resilience Fund.

The Department of Health and Human Services allocated $1.88 million to Kodiak Area Native Association’s Health Center Cluster Program, $1.87 million each to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage for their Diabetes-Self-Governance programs, $1.49 million for Dena’Nena’ Henash’s Birth to Five program and $1.39 million for the Association of Village Council Presidents’ Head Start program.

The grants announced Friday, Dec. 10, by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also included about two dozen other federal grants for food security, health, education, essential air service, sustainable farmers markets, hazardous waste and youth programs.

Food security grants included $209,100 to the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka to increase food security and workforce development opportunities.