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. We set up this page as a resource for anyone in our region who doesn’t know where to begin but needs economic assistance. SWAMC staff doesn’t claim to be experts on these programs, but we can put southwest residents in touch with the people who do.


AK Can Do COVID-19 Response Fund: Housing, Utility, and Childcare


The United Way of Anchorage and The Alaska Community Foundation, with support from the Rasmuson Foundation, have partnered to organize a statewide COVID-19 relief fund called AK Can Do, and people and businesses across Alaska have been donating money. United Way of Anchorage has granted some of these funds to SWAMC as the provider to distribute in our region for our neighbors in need of housing support, utility assistance, or childcare costs during the pandemic.


If you have lost your job since March 17th because of pandemic-caused statewide shelter-in-place, non-essential-business closures, or travel bans, and are in danger of not being able to pay rent, mortgage payments, or utilities for the month of April or May, you are eligible to apply for assistance that would be paid directly to your landlord or utility provider. If you are an essential worker who had to find emergency childcare because of school closures, you are eligible for assistance to be paid directly to your childcare provider. Complete applications will be reviewed and verified by SWAMC staff; financial assistance will be provided through May 31 or until funds run out.

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.

BBNC COVID-19 Resources Page





The Bristol Bay Native Corporation has a fantastic page on their website with links to COVID-19 resources relevant to Bristol Bay residents, tribes, and fishing communities.

Economic Relief for Alaska’s Small Seafood Businesses



Alaska Sea Grant held a webinar on April 24 covering CARES Act provisions relevant to Alaska fishermen and seafood businesses. A recording of the hour-long webinar is available.