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With a budget deficit looming, the City of Unalaska won't fully fund this year's grant requests from local nonprofits.

The City Council voted last week to give $1.47 million to 11 community organizations. While that's a 15 percent increase over last year and about $250,000 more than councilors' spending goal, it's still less than the $1.94 million that nonprofits had asked for.

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Twenty cruise ships are slated to call on the city this year. That'll set a new record, according to Director Carlin Enlow of the Unalaska Visitors Bureau.

"We were going to have 13 cruise ships a couple years ago and three of them canceled," she said. "We went down to eight last year. So to have 20 cruise ships this year is a huge, huge increase."

The first vessel will arrive May 6, with cruise season continuing through the end of September.

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The City of Unalaska has granted all 10 funding requests from local nonprofits this year, even though applications came in about $40,000 higher than the city wanted to spend.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to give almost $1.2 million to organizations including the Aleutian Arts Council, the Qawalangin Tribe, and Unalaska Senior Citizens.

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Nine local nonprofits are vying for the City of Unalaska’s coveted community grants this year.

In total, the organizations have requested about $1.2 million. 

That figure is on par with last year’s support, but it’s still about $40,000 more than the city wants to spend.