COVID-19 Resources

 

 

SWAMC staff is actively engaged in conversations with other ARDORs, the Alaska Small Business Development Center, Alaska Municipal League, and other State and Federal agency representatives to sift through and understand the many resources available for businesses, municipalities, tribes, and individuals who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. SWAMC staff doesn’t claim to be experts on these programs, but we will do our best to help in any way that we can.

CARES Act Funds Tax Guidance

 

The IRS recently released guidance on whether or not local and state CARES Act-funded grants were taxable and the answer was yes. Congress had not made a distinction that funds would be non-taxable when they released the $2.2T CARES Act COVID relief funds, and the IRS has ruled that any AK CARES grant funding and any local municipal grant funding received by a small business or individual are taxable.

 

If you received an AK CARES grant or a local city grant please follow the link below for the newest information on how to file your taxes for 2020. PPP funds that are forgivable (at least 60% used for payroll expenses) are not taxable.

FORWARD Program

 

SWAMC invites Southwest Alaska businesses to join FORWARD!

 

FORWARD is a free online tool provided by SWAMC that connects Southwest Alaska businesses (including commercial fishers and non-profits) to a comprehensive list of federal, state, and local resources — grants, loans, deferrals, and more. It’s a one-stop shop for businesses affected by COVID-19.

 

SWAMC team members are available to help answer questions about how to use FORWARD to access COVID-19 relief funding. Contact us at 907-562-7380 or smarquardt@swamc.org.

Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

 

 

The Alaska SBDC operates out of the UAA Business Enterprise Institute and they provide business guidance, services, and resources to Alaskan small businesses and entrepreneurs. Alaska SBDC is staffed by certified business advisors across the state and their services are free.

Alaska Municipal League (AML)

 

 

The Alaska Municipal League is a statewide organization of 165 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities with a mission to represent Alaska’s local governments in state and federal decision making and provide training and services to strengthen Alaska’s local governments. Their Coronavirus resource page is tailored to the needs of cities and boroughs who are tasked with ensuring the health and safety of their residents.

Governor Dunleavy’s COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan

 

 

This page includes health mandates issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy, DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink; more information about Gov. Dunleavy’s 6-Point Economic Stabilization Plan; and information for Alaskans about unemployment insurance, small business assistance, homeowner information, and Federal government resources.

Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services (DHSS)

 

 

This page includes the latest COVID-19 case count in Alaska, guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on topic areas of concern, phone numbers for those seeking assistance over the phone, and up-to-date alerts and updates.