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COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITIES

The Division of Community and Regional Affairs is available to provide advice and assistance to municipalities and communities attempting to deal with the current COVID-19 emergency. Below you will find several resources and documents which might help, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you would like to contact your Local Government Specialist for further assistance, please click the DCRA ARCGIS website.

Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV)

Currently DCRA is preparing to distribute funds from the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). These funds are to be used for community development projects including building and improvements of public facilities. CDBG-CV projects must prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus and benefit low and moderate income persons.

Any Alaskan municipal government is eligible to apply for CDBG-CV grants. Non-profits may apply as co-applicants for these pass-through funds. CDBG-CV grants are single-purpose project grants with a maximum of $850,000 per community. Approximately $5.7 million is available for competitive grants for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 20 Grant Cycle. Awards are expected to be made in Spring 2022.

Federal Fiscal Year 2020 application materials are available below:

Note: the following documents must be viewed and printed with Adobe Acrobat. If this application is not already on your system, you can download a copy of this application free at: Adobe Acrobat READER.

ATTENTION: You MUST download the PDF to your computer BEFORE you begin filling it in to save your information. Application documents are provided as fillable PDF forms. Some sections are limited by the number of characters and additional pages will be necessary.

CDBG-CV Application Useful links

For more information about CDBG-CV Grants contact:

Pauletta Bourne
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Location: Fairbanks
Phone: (907) 451-2721
Fax: (907) 451-2742
e-mail:Pauletta.Bourne@alaska.gov

Jill King
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Location: Fairbanks
Phone: (907) 451-2717
Fax: (907) 451-2742
e-mail:Jill.King@alaska.gov


American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

DCRA will be administering several pots of ARPA funds. Please stay tuned for more details.

Currently DCRA is preparing to distribute Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to local governments per the U.S. Treasury guidance for smaller cities, typically those with a population less than 50,000, that will receive ARPA funds through the state. These cities are referred to as non-entitlement units of local government (NEUs) in the guidance found here: US Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund for NEU

With the passage of HB69, the state requested a 30-day extension anticipating distribution of funds to NEUs beginning in late July.

To facilitate timely distribution, DCRA is posting the following documents for NEUs to complete and return as soon as possible to DCRA.ARPA@alaska.gov:

Each NEU will receive their individual Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recover Fund Agreement from DCRA

For additional information, check these links:

care funding tracker

CARES Funding Tracker

COVID-19 Relief Fund

Allowable expenses for these federal funds have been extended to December 31, 2021. If you have already been awarded these funds and have any questions, please contact resourcedesk@alaska.gov. If you have not yet accessed your allocated funds, please email resourcedesk@alaska.gov urgently to get started.

FEMA has recently expanded eligible reimbursable activities, and expenses may be covered retroactively beginning January 2020. If you have CARES expenses which qualify for the FEMA funding, you may reallocate expenses from CARES to FEMA (though you may not double-claim your expenses). More information is available online, or you can contact your Local Government Specialist; or email 2020_covid-19@ak-prepared.com.

More information can be found at the The State of Alaska’s main Covid-19 website. .

For updates on State of Alaska COVID-19 News and Resources visit the Governor’s COVID-19 News Page and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 Information Page

Additional Community Resources and Contacts

Economic Resources: