CARES ACT Funding / COVID-19 Support Programs

Alaska Housing Rent Relief:

Provides up to 12 months of rent and/or utility relief to eligible Alaskan renters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period is currently open through Friday, March 5, 2021. You can also call or text "relief" to (833) 440-0420 toll free for more information and for assistance in applying.

To confirm your eligibility and to apply, go to Alaska Housing Relief:

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

The PPP provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

For more information, go to:

Past Programs. (Currently Closed)
Ketchikan Gateway Borough

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has developed programs to assist residents and businesses facing economic hardship.

Please click below on the arrow next to the desired program for information and applications:

  1. CLOSED - Business Impact Grant Program ($100,000 revenue)
  2. CLOSED - Micro Business Grant Program (under $100,000 annual revenue)
  3. CLOSED - Non-profit Relief and Recovery Grant Program
  4. CLOSED - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reimbursement Program
  5. CLOSED - Start Up Business Grant Program
  6. Financial Reports

This program is currently closed.

Business Impact Grant Program ($100,000 annual revenue)


Deadline extended to November 20.  Checks will not be disbursed prior to December 4, 2020.

*The receipt of a government grant by a business generally is not excluded from the business's gross income under the Code and therefore is taxable.  The Borough will issue a 1099 at the end of the year.

Businesses with $100,000 or more in annual revenue and suffering a revenue decline of 30% or more during Third Quarter CY 2020 compared to Third Quarter CY 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for a grant. Grant awards will be based on a percentage of lost revenue. This program is limited to for-profit enterprises only. Businesses not eligible include marijuana and residential rentals.

Acceptance of a PPP loan does not affect eligibility for this program.  The Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Ketchikan have jointly funded this program using CARES Act funds.

Commercial Fishermen: On November 2, the Borough Assembly expanded the program to allow more commercial fishermen to participate. If your CFEC ID is registered in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, you may qualify. Sales to any processor will be considered. Check application for details.

Round 2 applications will be accepted starting October 12 through November 20th. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered. Online and emailed applications will not be accepted. Applications must be received by 5:00 local time November 20th, 2020.

The Round 1 (July 1-August 12) application period closed.  As of August 31, 122 applications have been awarded for a total of $3,191,952. Additional applications are still under review for Round 1 of this program.

City of Ketchikan logo for CARES ACT PROGRAMS 2
Community Connections logo for CARES ACT PROGRAMS 2
City of Saxman logo for CARES ACT PROGRAMS 1


Payments under Round Two of the Borough's CARES Act business assistance grant program will begin Monday, November 30, 2020.

Two additional sources of assistances remain available to those employed in the commercial fishing industry:

1.    CURRENT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE through an ongoing program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture providing compensation to commercial fish harvesters based on market impacts from tariffs imposed on U.S. fisheries. The Seafood Trade Relief Assistance program is available to those working in the geoduck, halibut, herring, salmon, Dungeness crab, and other fisheries. The December 14, 2020 application deadline is fast approaching. Summary information is available at:

2.      FURTHER ASSISTANCE WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE from State of Alaska CARES Act funds distributed through Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Final application documents will be released shortly in a $50 million program designed to assist commercial fishery participants in each of the eligible sectors, which are seafood processing, commercial harvesting, sport charter, subsistence, and aquaculture.. The program will provide aid based on a minimum 35% decrease in revenue during the 2020 season as compared to average revenues dating back to 2015. The most recent draft program description is available here: