Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced grants to non-profits and faith-based organizations that provide critical services to Alaskans today.
The $35 million comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
The Alaska Community Foundation will administer the program, process applications and distribute the grant funds to eligible organizations.
“This partnership allows crucial support funds to be shared with Alaska’s nonprofit entities, meeting the Governor’s goal of getting funds as close as possible to the communities and groups that need them,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “We’re thankful for all the entities that have continued to provide services to Alaskans in need, and we hope this funding support will enable them to continue to do so.”
The goal of the funding is to assist non-profits to provide essential services that prevent or alleviate the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the economy, jobs, families and children.
They can use the funds for medical, public health, payroll, COVID-19 response compliance costs, economic support, or other expenses.
“This is a great opportunity to work with the state and distribute much-needed funds to agencies that are helping Alaskans through this health and economic crisis,” said ACF President and Chief Executive Officer Nina Kemppel. “I want to thank Governor Mike Dunleavy for his direction and support for this important investment in Alaska’s communities at such a critical time.”
The grants will be prioritized based on the community impact and the organization's ability to carry out public health projects.