Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is a tribal nonprofit organization serving Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet region of southcentral Alaska and assisting them in reaching their often-untapped potential.
We believe that when we work together, we can help each other develop our strengths and talents, and become successful and self-sufficient individuals, families, and communities.
Since its inception in 1983, CITC has grown from a fledgling, grass-roots operation with only three employees to one of the nation’s preeminent culturally responsive social-service organizations serving over 12,000 people annually and employing more than 400 passionate and caring individuals.
An array of support services includes education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, or incarceration.
Through our subsidiaries The Alaska Native Justice Center and the Clare Swan Early Learning Center, we address Alaska Native people’s unmet needs within the Alaska civil and criminal justice system and provide for the needs of working families with child care through an Early Head Start curriculum.
Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT)
Anchorage Community Land Trust (ACLT) is a neighborhood-based non-profit in Anchorage that works with residents and business owners in targeted geographies to improve quality of life in their communities. For 18 years, ACLT has been disrupting concentrated poverty in Anchorage by making concentrated investments that are high impact, community-vetted and anchored in partnership.
ACLT’s services fall into four core categories:
- Real Estate: ACLT owns transformative properties, connects entrepreneurs to real estate, and invests in our neighborhood commercial corridors.
- Organizing: ACLT works with neighbors to create grassroots networks and act as an advocate for issues that matter to our communities.
- Neighborhood Improvements: ACLT works with neighbors to rejuvenate and invest in the spaces important to our communities.
- Targeted Programs: ACLT runs high-impact programming grounded in our neighborhoods that aims to stand behind residents and address poverty and inequity.
In 2017, ACLT launched its flagship program, Set Up Shop, to empower neighborhood entrepreneurs by providing training, small business lending, technical assistance, and real estate support to business owners in targeted neighborhoods of Anchorage.
ACLT has long empowered residents in its neighborhoods to be the leaders of their community’s next steps. With a full-time staff of 10 and a combined 45 years of experience working in our core communities, ACLT knows its neighborhoods deeply, and our earned trust allows our place-based initiatives to succeed.
By supporting business creation, resident leadership, and better infrastructure, we build neighborhoods from within, and reverse the cycle of generational poverty.
Cook Inlet Lending Center (CICL)
CILC’s mission is to provide lending products and services that invest in underserved communities and small businesses; all supporting CILC’s Target Market, the Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) Footprint, which includes the Municipality of Anchorage, and the Kenai and Matanuska-Susitna Boroughs.
The Small Business Lending Program increases access to affordable capital for small businesses operating in Alaska with a focus on the Cook Inlet Region. As a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CILC works with small business clients whose successes benefit our communities and grow our economy, but who may not have access to a business loan from a traditional financial institution. Our products fill the existing gaps in affordable financing and services for small business owners in Anchorage.
For Anchorage small businesses impacted by COVID-19, CILC has developed a business stabilization strategy — Survive-Adapt-Thrive — to help the businesses ride out the current recession. An innovative combination of flexible financial products and supportive services, Survive-Adapt-Thrive responds to the moment by providing access to affordable capital that small businesses need immediately and long term. The approach is designed for struggling small businesses that have the potential to recover and flourish and are owned by people of color, women, and Alaska Natives. CILC will use its Native Catalyst Award grant to build the staff capacity required to successfully implement its strategy.