CBJ Finance Committee to hear about grant programs

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee will take up a number of grant programs Tuesday night.

    You can watch the meeting on the CBJ Facebook page starting at 6 p.m.

    An Extreme Hardship Business Grant, which would appropriate $2,300,000 CARES Act funds, will be taken up by CBJ Finance Committee on Tuesday night.

    The Economic Stabilization Task Force recommended in October the Assembly adopt the ordinance.

    “The Task Force acknowledges that many of the businesses in this targeted market have consistently supported the Juneau community by donating to fundraising efforts and charitable organizations,” the ESTF statement of support reads. “This is an opportunity for the Juneau community to give back.”

    The program is meant to provide support, in addition to the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program, to businesses that were disproportionately harmed by COVID-19 to offset expenses from payroll, inventory, training, license fees, and fixed costs, such as lease/rent, utility, and long-term debt.

    The Economic Stimulus Grant, which would appropriate $2,000,000, will also be heard by the committee.

    The intent of this grant program is to provide a simple application for financial support to people residing in the City and Borough of Juneau who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 and need assistance paying for basic needs like food, healthcare, nondiscretionary transportation, utilities, and housing from March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.

    This program is only open to individuals and not businesses. An applicant must be eighteen years of age or older and reside in the CBJ. Residence in the CBJ may be established by voter registration in the CBJ, an Alaska driver’s license with an address in the CBJ, or similar documentation.

    The Family Promise Grant would appropriate $300,000 CARES Act funding for a grant to Family Promise of Juneau to purchase a building to support vulnerable families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The ArtWorks Program Supplemental Grant, which is an Emergency Appropriation Resolution for $30,000 will be introduced at the meeting.


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