Hello Friends, 
Alaskans are known for helping each other out. This is true in many places, but is especially true here, where our larger-than-life lands and environment mean the stakes can be much higher. The willingness of a neighbor or stranger to pull you out of a river, lend you their generator, or tow you to safety are critical pieces of how we help one another endure and thrive in this wild place.

Alaska Venture Fund’s approach is deeply rooted in this sense of connection and community – the understanding that we are better able to build resilience and prosper if we work and learn together. Through our place-based work, we explore how new solutions and technologies applied within one community can be used as a model and scaled for success in others. 

Below, we spotlight community-level work happening across wide-ranging regions, organizations, and people. From Harvest to Home in the Middle Kuskokwim, to KALI’s food security program on Kodiak Island, to the people reimagining what “sustainability” means in Southeast Alaska, Alaskans are changing the local landscape and building toward a better future.

As the work below sparks questions or conversations – we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us a line.

The Alaska Venture Fund Team

Alaska Venture Fund - News & Views

Project updates, stories and perspectives that inspire our work.

NEW: Arctica Podcast
AVF is proud to announce the launch of a new podcast as part of the Aywaa Storyhouse project – ARCTICA: Perspectives, Philosophy, and Culture from the North. Join Alaska Native philosopher and AVF Project Manager of Cross-cultural Collaborations Miaraq, Warren Jones and his guests as they discuss Northern culture and Indigenous perspectives on everything from identity to land stewardship. Episodes 1 & 2 of ARCTICA are live. Listen now.
Program Spotlight: Iliamna Sustainable Communities
Igiugig Tribal Steward Mary Hostetter and AVF Program Manager for Iliamna Sustainable Communities Bill Kane are developing an Indigenous eco-monitoring program in the Iliamna region. The program enables local community members to identify and track environmental changes happening in their community and is based on an Indigenous Guardians framework. Contact Bill to learn more.
Alaskans Driving Change: Marina Anderson
Marina Anderson is a next-generation Indigenous leader building new models for community well-being and transforming the economic landscape of Southeast Alaska. As Director of the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Marina is working in collaboration with a diverse network of regional leaders to build trust, catalyze change, and integrate Indigenous values and knowledge for regional prosperity – one shared story and meal at a time.
Welcoming Rebecca Braun to Alaska Venture Fund!
We’re excited to welcome our new Senior Policy Strategist, Rebecca Braun, to AVF. Rebecca is a longtime Juneau resident, Alaska policy expert, and the former publisher-editor of the Alaska Budget Report, a nonpartisan publication covering state government. She has served as policy director in the Alaska Office of the Governor, as a high school teacher, and as a biological technician on the Tongass National Forest. Rebecca brings to her role a deep love of Alaska and its people and an appreciation for the nuances of public policy making.
From Across Alaska
News, articles, events, videos and more.
Housing & Climate – Cold climate housing solutions are building equity in rural Alaska: Fish Wheel, the nonprofit arm of The Kuskokwim Corporation, is developing the Harvest to Home program to address the Middle Kuskokwim’s housing shortage, with help from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Federal Energy Funding – Unlocking Alaska’s green energy potential: A major new Department of Energy (DOE) grant will help modernize and strengthen Alaska’s largest electrical grid – a critical step in unlocking Alaska’s vast renewable energy resources. In addition, the DOE is investing millions into four Alaska projects to advance clean energy technologies benefiting Alaska Native communities. This includes funds for the Village Energy Efficiency Program (VEEP) to help Indigenous communities reduce their reliance upon fossil fuels.

Regional Innovation – New grant supports tech growth and carbon-friendly technologies in Alaska: The Alaska Tech Strategy Development Consortium in Anchorage was awarded a Tech Hubs Strategy Development Grant. Led by one of Alaska’s largest Tribal entities in partnership with private industry and government, the effort will build Alaska’s capacity to incubate and scale firms focused on carbon-neutral energy technologies, carbon-negative technologies, and climate-adaptation technologies. The project plans to leverage key Alaska assets – our existing oil-and-gas economic infrastructure, tribal sustainable natural resource management ethos, and abundant resources.
In case you missed it: 
A local food hub has sprouted in Port Lions on Kodiak Island, bringing with it increased food security. 
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