A program to help stem alcohol abuse in teens and an assisted living facility in western Alaska are just two projects benefiting from millions of dollars from the Rasmuson Foundation.

The investments were approved as part of $6.5 million being awarded by the group across the state.

The alcohol abuse program, run by the United Way of Mat-Su, will receive $300,000 over a three-year period. Its model comes from Iceland, where between 1997 and 2016 teens' rate of alcohol use dropped nearly 40 percent and their time spent with parents doubled.

The Alaska program, starting in Big Lake and Houston, will include after-school and summer activities, along with behavioral health services. The project has significant support from the community and other funders.

Another Rasmuson grant, nearly $650,000 to the Native Village of Unalakleet for an elder assisted living facility. The facility will offer affordable apartments for elders as well as space for communal eating and socializing.

Public use cabins in the Tongass and Chugach national forests will also benefit from foundation funds. Some $300,000 will go towards renovating 10 of the popular cabins, also matching a grant from the Forest Foundation -- a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Rasmuson Foundation board meets twice a year to award Tier 2 grants. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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