CARES ACT Funding / COVID-19 Support Programs
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:
- Start-Up Business Grant Program
- Micro Business Grant Program (under $100,000 annual revenue)
- Business Impact Grant Program ($100,000 annual revenue)
- Non-Profit Relief and Recovery Grant Program
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reimbursement Program
Start-Up Business Grant Program
This program opened August 17th and closed September 4th, 2020. Grants were awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Businesses that registered for Borough sales tax between October 1, 2019 and August 15, 2020 and which have not been eligible for the CARES Act Business Grant or Micro Business Grant Programs, may be eligible for a one-time payment of $1,000. To be eligible, provide proof of expenditures for your business of $5,000 or more, between October 1 and July 31. Examples of eligible expenses include rent or lease payments, utilities, inventory, supplies, equipment, payroll, taxes, benefits, advertising, and insurance.
Micro Business Grant Program (under $100,000 annual revenue)
This program opened July 20, 2020 and closed August 31, 2020. Grants were awarded on a first come, first served basis. Applications were accepted after the business' 2nd Quarter CY 2020 sales tax returns were filed and paid.
Businesses with revenue of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000 during CY 2019, and suffering a revenue decline of 40% or more during Second Quarter CY 2020, compared to Second 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. The minimum grant award is $500. This program is limited to for-profit enterprises only. Only complete applications will be considered.
Business Impact Grant Program (100,000 annual revenue)
Businesses with more than $100,000 in annual revenue and suffering a revenue decline of 40% or more during Second Quarter CY 2020, compared to Second 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. The maximum grant award is $50,000.
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.
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.
Round 2 applications will be accepted starting October 12 through November 13, or until funding runs out. Applications must be mailed or hand delivered. Online and emailed applications will not be accepted.
*The application for Round 2 will be posted here on October 12, 2020.
Non-profit Relief and Recovery Grant Program
Qualifying Ketchikan Gateway Borough non-profit organizations may apply for grants up to $20,000. Applications will only be considered from organizations based in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough or those non-profits with offices and substantial operations in Ketchikan prior to January 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted between August 20, 2020 and September 21, 2020. Prior receipt of a CARES Act grant from the Borough or City of Ketchikan does not preclude an organization from applying for a Phase 2 non-profit grant.
Round 2 non-profit awards and actual award amounts will be considered based on impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on an organization, services provided in response to the pandemic, number of individuals served and overall impact on the community, and amount of the funding request with respect to the organization’s most recent tax return.
Failure to provide specific information about financial losses or expenses related to COVID-19 will result in rejection of an application. The Borough reserves the right to adjust award amounts.
Round 2 applications received:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Reimbursement Program
The Borough PPE Assistance program has been oversubscribed, meaning more funds have been requested than are available, and is therefore closed. If the Assembly allocates additional funds to the program in the future, the Borough will reopen the application period with advance notice to the public.
This program was for one-time assistance to reimburse small businesses and non-profit organizations in the Borough up to $2500 for eligible expenses for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hygiene, and social distancing supplies such as face masks, gloves, face shields, eye protection, sneeze guards, hand sanitizer and other approved disinfecting products.
*On August 21, 2020 the maximum award amount was increased from $1000 to $2500. Previous applicants were allowed to apply again, up to the total award of $2500.