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 Fisheries Assistance Applications Now Available


On May 7, 2020, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced allocations of Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance funding to all coastal states and territories. Alaska received $50 million of the $300 million available for this assistance program. The final approved spend plan provides eligibility criteria for participants in each of the sectors, which are seafood processing, commercial harvesting, sport charter, subsistence, and aquaculture, and 100% of available funds will be allocated as direct payments to fishery participants in eligible sectors. While all sectors have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, available funds will only cover a portion of the losses incurred by affected fishery participants.


The State of Alaska’s final approved spend plan is available on the Department of Fish and Game’s webpage.


Applications for all sectors are now available on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission webpage. The deadline for postmarking applications for all sectors except for subsistence is April 23. the deadline for postmarking subsistence user applications is May 21.


For questions or inquiries related specifically to Alaska’s Sec. 12005 CARES Act Fisheries Assistance relief you can try emailing or call (888) 517-7262 or (503) 595-3100. Emails may receive a quicker response due to the large volume of calls.


Note to Applicants: Make sure you take the time to fully gather the information needed before you submit your application. There is very little to no assistance available from PSMFC if you have questions or need help, and it may cause your application to be denied. PSMFC cannot help with IT questions related to filling out and downloading applications, but they do caution applicants not to use an iPhone or tablet.

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.



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 them 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.