COVID Relief 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.

ARPA Program Guidance


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) and other federal agencies recently received a lot of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for programs to help businesses, municipalities, tribes, and others to recover from the economic impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here are links to a few of the most prominent programs:



SWAMC staff has been busy poring over grant language to understand eligibility requirements, allowable use of funds, and deadlines to prepare ourselves to help stakeholders in our region access these funds. We have also brought Keri Scaggs back on as a contractor to provide on-call one-on-one assistance to city, borough, tribal, and business representatives seeking to apply to these programs.


Have questions about whether your project is eligible for a grant? Need help understanding confusing grant language? Don’t even know where to start? Give Keri a call at (907) 242-4077 or email her at

AK-ARPA Business Relief Program


The Alaska State Legislature appropriated $90 million from the State’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) COVID State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds toward a tourism and business relief grant program to be administered by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED).



The application period opened on September 17, 2021 and will remain open until 8:00 am on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. The AK-ARPA business grant program is not a first-come, first-served grant opportunity. The link to the Program page on the DCCED website is available below.



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 907-242-4077 or

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.