PUBLISHED: 11:14 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
SEARHC offers injury prevention mini-grants
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department is offering $10,000 total for mini-grants to community prevention groups, tribal organizations, schools, injury prevention teams, youth groups or wellness coalitions in 10 Southeast communities - Haines, Klukwan, Hoonah, Angoon, Sitka, Kake, Petersburg, Wrangell, Craig and Klawock.

These mini-grants for for projects that address any area of injury prevention, and the projects should combine enforcement, education and engineering (or environment) approaches when designing the action plan. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, equipment, transportation, training costs or labor.

Funds may not be used for standalone events, such as bike rodeos, unless the event is part of a larger package that includes the enforcement, education or engineering portion of the grant requirement. Injury prevention-related instructor trainings will be considered if the participants can provide ongoing services in the community.

"Injuries are the No. 1 cause of hospitalizations and fatalities in Alaska, and injuries are especially high amongst the Alaska Native population," SEARHC Community Injury Prevention Coordinator Amiee LeBlanc-Gloe said. "The goal of injury prevention is to reduce the occurance of the leading causes of injury and injury death: suicide, falls, drowning and motor vehicles. Mini-grant awards are anticipated to range from $500 to $2,500, and they will address needs in at least five different communities."

Applications must be received no later than Friday, Aug. 3, to be considered, and applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, Aug. 10. All projects must be completed by June 1, 2008, and a final report with results is due 30 days after the completion of the project.

For more information about the mini-grants and for applications, contact Amiee LeBlanc Gloe at 966-8866 or