At their October meeting, the Coastal Villages Region Fund’s board of directors approved $1.5 million in additional program spending. The funding will go toward CVRF’s Community Designated Fund program.

The purpose of the Community Designated Fund is to support CVRF’s member communities in their endeavors for overall economic development, consistent with the mission of the Community Development Quota program.

“We as a board have seen how important this program is to the region,” said CVRF President Richard Jung of Napakiak. “Communities are lacking funding in many different areas of community infrastructure and basic community needs.”

This year funding has gone toward public safety wages, new home appliances, water subsidies, village building renovations, community basketball courts, church utilities and many other projects.

CVRF’s board of directors is comprised of one democratically elected representative from each of its 20 Western Alaska villages.

“Each meeting brings us closer to building a sustainable future for our region,” said CVRF Vice President James Akerelrea of Scammon Bay.

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Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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