COVID-19 Childcare & Shelter Reimbursement Program 

Despite the key role childcare providers are playing in support of other essential industries during the COVID-19 crisis, the childcare system as a whole is at risk of collapse due to the economic impact. The public health crisis of COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the childcare industry. Many providers are closing their programs, unable to sustain operations due to infection related closures. Others are staying open despite the physical risk due to the pandemic, to support the needs of working families in our community. 

Similarly, community shelters, such as homeless, domestic violence, senior and youth centers experienced alarming rate of increased cases, needs and expenses during the pandemic.

In an effort to offset COVID-19 impacts on state licensed childcare and non-profit shelter providers in the community, The State of Alaska, Department of Health (DOH), through the Ketchikan Gateway Borough (Borough), would like to provide the opportunity to reimburse COVID-19 related expenses for these entities. 

The COVID-19 Childcare and Shelter Reimbursement Program will allow entities to submit a one-time reimbursement request for COVID-19 related expenses that were incurred between the dates of April 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. 

Allowable Reimbursable Expenses:

The following list are allowable COVID-19 related expenses:

  •  Lost wages/benefits due to COVID-19 closures
  • Wages for temporary employees and overtime costs
  • Cleaning/disinfection stations, apparatuses, and equipment
  • Purchase of disinfection products, supplies and services
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • COVID-19 test kits and/or outsourced testing
  • Vaccination for workers
  • Training specific to COVID-19 mitigation plans
  • Rents for required social distancing
  • Increased utility costs

If you believe your organization has experienced a financial loss due to COVID-19 and could benefit from the program, please see application in the link below. Questions related to this program and grant application must be submitted to:

COVID-19 Childcare & Shelter Reimbursement Program


Application submissions must be email to amyb@kgbak.us no later than 2:00 P.M. on September 15, 2022. Submissions emailed after that time will not be considered.

Questions related to this program and grant application must be submitted to:

Amy Briggs, Procurement Officer

Email: amyb@kgbak.us 

Phone: (907) 228-6637