$92K in ARPA grants go to Cordova library, museum

Cordova Public Library. (Nov. 30, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

American Rescue Plan Act funds totaling $92,448 have been allocated to Cordova through the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, for a variety of uses ranging from materials purchases and upgrading websites to developing new virtual educational programs.

The grants are among a total of $2.2 million in grants from the federal legislation being distributed to 114 Alaska cultural organizations statewide.

State library officials said that the Cordova Public Library received an Easy grant for $6,000 and two project grants for $19,870 and $25,684. These projects will fund the purchase of materials for patrons to check out, an update of the library’s website, foreign language and cultural kits, updated public access computers, and equipment for virtual programs.

The Cordova Historical Society and Museum received an Easy grant for $2,394 and a project grant for $38,500. These projects will fund equipment for takeaway kits, an update of the museum’s website, including digitizing existing programs and developing new virtual educational programs, and implementing online access for the museum’s collections.

“These projects were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services,” state library officials said. “The funds were received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act and are administered by the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums.”