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Financial relief

Alaska 211

Alaska 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding help in your community. It’s free, confidential and available in almost any language. For life challenges or everyday needs, help starts here. 

Or Dial 2-1-1

Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

USBG National Charity Foundation has a Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. Funding is currently at 1.75 million dollars. Apply at: 

Thanks to AK CHARR for sharing this information.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 


 GCI pledges for the next 60 days to:

• Not terminate service
• Waive late fees
• Open our Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.

See details at:

•  Free one-level plan upgrades for existing customers 


Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU), and Municipal Light and Power (ML&P) are temporarily suspending utility shutoffs. The suspension is effective 3/17/2020 and will remain in effect for the duration of the municipally declared disaster. Solid Waste Services (SWS) does not suspend anyone's trash or recycling service, regardless of payment status. 

See Mayor's press release here.

Chugach Electric

No service disconnections through March 31.  Chugach is urging members who are having difficulty making payments to contact our Member Services department at (907) 563-7366 or toll free (800) 478-7494 to make payment arrangements.  See website.

Alaska Communication Service (ACS)

No service disconnections for 60 days (rolling?), no late fees

See website.

$2 trillion CAREs Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  

For individuals, the package covers individual stimulus payments, unemployment benefits, student loan waivers, and ways you can utilize your retirement accounts. The New York Times published a very easy to read article in a Q&A format that could answer many of your questions. Link Here

For businesses, the CARES Act includes nearly $350 billion for a federal small business loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. The US Chamber of Commerce published a guide that explains eligibility very well. Link Here

AIDEA creates billion dollar loan guaranty program

In a March 30th press release,  Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) announced that the AK SAFE Program will be made available to Alaska’s banks and financial institutions for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency disaster. AIDEA will make up to $50,000,000 available for loan guarantees under AK SAFE, and subject to authorization for a statutory change, the Authority will increase the program cap to $1,000,000,000.

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