The Golden Valley Electric (GVEA) Foundation board of trustees, which oversees the Good¢ents Program, met on August 9, 2022 and awarded six grants totaling $48,764.
Good¢ents grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations within GVEA’s service area. Applications are reviewed quarterly in February, May, August and November by the volunteer board of trustees.
The next application deadline is October 31, 2022. Applications and more information about the Good¢ents Program can be found on our Good¢ents Program page. Good¢ents is funded by the generous members of Golden Valley Electric Association. Since the program began in 2011, GVEA members have funded grants totaling $1,430,189.77.
Here’s a summary of the recent grants:
- Alaska Golden Heart Cheerleading: $6,000 for the purchase of multiple pieces of equipment for a new Ninja Course Program for Interior youth. Alaska Golden Heart Cheerleaders was established in 2019 and provides a safe, positive environment for over 150 athletes!
- Alaska Health Fair: $5,000 to replace and upgrade health care equipment and materials. Alaska Health Fair’s mission is for all Alaskans to have optimal health, to promote wellness and save lives. They provide hundreds of free tests and screenings to Interior Alaskans each year at the annual Veterans Stand Down, Project Homeless Connect, other community events and at their office. If you’ve never been to a health fair, please consider stopping by a convenient location this year to see the variety of health care agencies and community services that are available. Learn more HERE.
- Fairbanks Neighborhood Housing Services (FNHS): $10,000 to fund building retrofits for their main office located in Fairbanks. These much needed improvements will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs for FNHS and free up funding and staff time to focus on providing community services. FNHS is a nonprofit organization that has served hundreds of Fairbanks families through programs that ensure stable and affordable housing since their inception in 1993. To learn more about their programs visit their website.
- North Star Imagination Library: $5,400 toward the purchase of books for preschool-aged children in Interior Alaska. Good¢ents has supported the organization’s mission to support literacy with multiple grants over the years, providing over 28,000 free, age appropriate books to children.
- Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department: $15,000 for the cost of replacing older tools that are used in emergency situations on two fire engines and their rescue truck. The new tools will help their organization provide better emergency services to community members in their fire district, which covers 5,800 square miles surrounding the City of Delta Junction.
- Yukon Quest: $7,364 to improve checkpoint areas in Circle, Eagle and Chicken for the 2023 Yukon Quest.
Thank you to all of the members who voluntarily “round up” their monthly billing statement to the next dollar. The cents you contribute are greatly appreciated and really make a difference within the communities GVEA serves.