AK CARES Grants
Starting today the AK CARES Grant Program will be open to nonprofits that received a total of $5,000 or less from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Another important change is that 501(c)6 nonprofits will be eligible (in addition to 501(c)3 and 501(c)19 organizations). The portal with the new application is available at akcaresonline.org.
Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund
For nonprofits impacted by COVID-19: the State of Alaska has set aside funds to support you. The Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund is managed by the Alaska Community Foundation. Learn more and see the application at alaskacf.org/cnrf.
Alaska's new travel protocols will conserve resources, increase testing for Alaskans and help prevent the spread of COVID-19
The most significant revision to the mandate is that nonresident travelers may no longer obtain a COVID-19 test for free upon arrival into Alaska at the state’s airport testing sites. Nonresidents will also no longer have the option for a 5-day pretest or the option to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving
into the state. PRESS RELEASE
Mayor signs Emergency Orders EO-15 and EO-13 v2
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has signed Emergency Order EO-15, implementing a "four-week reset" through limitations for individuals, gathering sizes, bars and nightclubs, restaurants and breweries, and bingo halls and theaters. PRESS RELEASE
Municipality of Anchorage to Open Five Additional Testing Sites
The five testing sites will be located in the parking lots of the following:
- ChangePoint Church, 6689 Changepoint Drive
- Fairview Community Recreation Center, 1121 East 10th Avenue
- Anchorage Church of Christ, 2700 Debarr Road
- Muldoon Community Assembly, 7041 Debarr Road
- Z.J. Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street
Main Street Lending Program
The federal Main Street Lending program has been expanded to include nonprofit organizations. If you’re a nonprofit, small- or medium-sized business interested in expanded access to credit, the Main Street Lending program may be able to support you in the face of COVID-related financial challenges. bit.ly/3hRTasN
ERTF Workforce Programs and Tactics Survey
The Anchorage Strong Economic Resiliency Task Force wants to know how your business or nonprofit is staying safe, protecting customers and preparing for a potential future outbreak. Offer input, vote on others’ ideas, or start a discussion. bit.ly/39FoIzf
Governor announces all nonresidents will have to arrive in Alaska with negative COVID-19 tests
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Tuesday that all visitors to Alaska will have to present a negative result on a COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival. The new policy goes into effect on Aug. 11. READ MORE
ASD Video Series- Fall Start FAQs
ASD will air a twice-weekly, pre-recorded Q&A session with a variety of ASD and community member hosts and guests who will take a deep dive into the details of what school will look like this fall. Videos will post by the end of day every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the start of the school year. Topics will dig into everything from teacher tricks to encourage social distancing among young students (airplane arms!), to how will my senior be best prepared for post-graduation life during a pandemic?
NIXLE UPDATE: Help our community: keep a contact log and work from home as much as possible
COVID-19 is surging in our community. The pandemic isn’t over yet. You can make a difference. In addition to wearing a cloth face covering in indoor public places, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often, there are two important ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 READ MORE
Business leaders call for voluntary increased safety measures for Anchorage bars and restaurants
As members of the business community, we welcomed the news of businesses reopening. Now, with cases of COVID-19 linked directly back to open establishments in our community — including bars, restaurants, a strip club, large hotel, and a tourism and travel company — we seek to preserve the progress we’ve made with additional voluntary protections for bars and restaurants to reduce the risk to employees and the public. READ MORE
Resources for businesses to encourage COVID-19 precautions
Alaska businesses now have access to a new suite of printable resources to help encourage COVID-19 precautions among employees and customers. The COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit features Alaska-themed artwork to communicate and encourage measures, such as physical distancing and mask-wearing. Visit dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/business.aspx.
COVID-19 has caused tremendous financial strain for many in our community. If you’re experiencing a COVID-related financial hardship, please call United Way of Anchorage’s 2-1-1 to ask about rent and utility assistance. We’re stronger together.
Text Alerts for Anchorage Businesses
A new texting service for Anchorage businesses is being launched to provide you with the most up-to-date information as you navigate the pandemic.
To sign up, text 'STRONG' to 907-891-7192.
You'll receive text alerts when relief funds become available, reopening protocols are updated, and more. Expect an average of 1-3 texts per week. You can also access on demand resources via text once you sign up.
After you check it out, tell us what you think in this quick 5-question survey. We want to make sure you have the information you need, when you need it.
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
NEW RESOURCE! Federal Unemployment Assistance Proposals: State Impact Comparison
Congress is currently considering proposals to renew federal unemployment assistance. The U.S. Chamber released a new interactive map—Federal Unemployment Assistance Proposals: State Impact Comparison—demonstrating how the current House Democrat and Senate Republican proposals would affect each state. The interactive map outlines how much assistance the average unemployed individual would receive, average wage replacement rates, the resulting increase compared to state-only benefits, and more. Click here to view the interactive map.
More Than One in Five Working Parents Are Unsure Whether They Will Fully Return to Work
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a new report, “Piecing Together Solutions: Working Parents, Childcare, and COVID-19,” examining how working parents of children under the age of six are navigating childcare during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has altered the work environment of nearly 90% of working parents and caused two-thirds to adjust their childcare arrangements. READ MORE
U.S. Chamber Calls on Congress to Provide Additional Support for Individuals, Families, and Employers As Pandemic Drags On
Priorities include temporary liability protection for businesses, support for small and mid-size employers, financial assistance for childcare and K-12 schools, unemployment benefits and funding for job training, and assistance to state and local governments
Updated PPP Forgiveness Guide
This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include:
- Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
- Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
- Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and
- Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.
The U.S. Chamber’s updated Guide to PPP Forgiveness reflects all of these changes, as well as others made in recent guidance issued by the Department of the Treasury.
READY TO REOPEN: A Playbook for your Small Business
Download this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information.
Path Forward Virtual Event Series
Each episode of Path Forward will feature experts sharing their perspectives on the complex issues involved in a responsible reopening strategy. The first program will focus on the state of the pandemic, potential scenarios for reopening, and lessons America can learn from businesses in other parts of the world.
Thursdays - 11 am to Noon AKST
View recordings of past episodes HERE.
Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy. Visit uschamber.com/coronavirus.
COMMUNITY UPDATES & OUTREACH
Critical Need Due to Increased Number of Patients
Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) began collecting convalescent plasma in May of 2020 to help patients recover from COVID-19. To date, BBA has worked with more than 30 recovered COVID-19 patients to ensure that convalescent plasma is available for local area hospitals. We are currently critical for additional donors.
If you or someone you know has recovered from COVID-19, please ask them to contact Blood Bank of Alaska to donate plasma to help other Alaskans at 907-222-5630. For more information, you can visit the BBA website at bloodbankofalaska.org/covid-19-donor/
As extra unemployment runs out, Food Bank of Alaska braces for elevated need to grow
By Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media
"For now, the food bank is estimating that the need is up about 75% statewide compared to last year." READ MORE
Should I dipnet? Or open the mail? Here’s how Zink and 5 other Alaska health experts manage COVID-19 risks in their daily lives
If you’ve been following the COVID-19 news, you probably know that health officials have warned about going to parties and bars. But how risky is hiking or dipnetting? How about ordering takeout? Should I send my kids to daycare? READ Q&A
Alaskans Find a Way
There are still many things we can’t do. But we are Alaskans. And we find a way. That’s what the AK Can Do fund is doing. Right now, thanks to ConocoPhillips Alaska, your impact will be doubled when you make a donation to help support families who have lost jobs and frontline nonprofits that provide critical services.
Anchorage Live. Work. Play. is Back in Action!
Follow the community-driven Instagram account and learn how different individuals in our community love to live, work and play in Anchorage!
If you're interested in hosting, contact Tara at email@example.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you love to live, work and play in Anchorage!
At-Risk & Senior Shopping Hours
Alaska Mill & Feed: Mon. – Fri. 8 am to 10 am
Carrs Safeway: Tues. & Thurs.: 6 am to 9 am
Costco: Tues. & Thurs.: 8 am to 9 am (masks required)
Fred Meyer: Mon. thru Thurs.: 7 am to 8 am
Walgreens: Tuesdays 8 am to 9 am
Walmart: Tuesdays 7:30 am to 8:30 am
ANCHORAGE CHAMBER MEMBER UPDATES
Anchorage Chamber Members Open for Business
To add a business, simply add their information to the spreadsheet or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some companies are on a hiring freeze, others are looking to add to their team.
Local lenders make the difference in Payroll Protection Program
By Gretchen Fauske, Alaska Journal
“Have you heard that (insert name of local business) is closing?”
Restaurant Recovery with Todd Graves
NEW TV DOCUSERIES “RESTAURANT RECOVERY” IS NOW CASTING America’s most iconic and diverse restaurants, eateries, bakeries, craft breweries that are currently in need!
Join philanthropist and entrepreneur Todd Graves, founder and CEO of Raising Cane’s, as he travels to cities across the country to help restaurants that are suffering or on the verge of closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anchorage Public Library's Safe Opening Plans and Services
While our community is dealing with a higher number of COVID-19 cases than ever before, the public’s need for library services has also never been greater. In order to balance health concerns with providing the library services our patrons depend on, we have partially opened our buildings for limited core services. READ MORE
Open Streets ANC
In partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) announces “Open Streets ANC”, a long-term road closure initiative to stimulate economic activity, encourage physical distancing, and provide opportunities for community connection downtown. Street closures (G St. between 3rd & 4th Ave, and F St. between 6th & 7th Ave) will provide pedestrians more space to spread out. LEARN MORE
Stay & Play in Anchorage
Visit Anchorage is kicking off the summer season with a special campaign encouraging Alaskans to stay and play in our own backyard. Visit anchorage.net/stay-and-play-in-anchorage for deals, trip itineraries, and more.
Need a summer gig or know a young Alaskan who does? The UA Center for Economic Development is looking for interns for their 2020 summer cohort! Interns will be placed in startups and have an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship first-hand. University of Alaska graduates and students are first priority, but non-UA students are encouraged to apply. bit.ly/2XHyBXq
COVID-19 phobia? Why you should not delay emergency care
Delaying medical care can have serious consequences, and unfortunately, data suggests this is happening due to the pandemic. For conditions like heart attack, stroke and appendicitis, minutes MATTER. With extensive safety measures in place to prevent disease from spreading, delaying care in an emergency is much more dangerous than going to the ER. Read on to learn when to call 911. READ MORE
HEALTH, WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE
Enjoy your Alaska summer, but play sports or watch games in ways that prevent spreading COVID-19
Alaskans are out to play during long days that end in midnight sun. Softball fields are packed. The trails are teeming with bikers and walkers. Kids are back to playing full-contact soccer games, and parents are lined up on the sidelines to watch. READ MORE
To support customer-owners in their efforts to stay active and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, Southcentral Foundation Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise is providing online exercise classes via Zoom. For instructions on how to join a class, visit bit.ly/36Chtqa.
Spring Clean Your Resume
By: Adrienne Weiss, Alaska Safety Alliance
Spring is a time for new beginnings and for many people that usually involves cleaning out the dust and junk that has accumulated over winter. Why not take that same spring cleaning attitude and apply it to other things? READ MORE
15 Mindfulness Activities to Reduce Stress and Increase Calm
Practicing simple techniques and exercises can help you improve mental clarity and curb anxiety. READ MORE
Take Alaska’s first LGBTQ+ Health Needs Assessment survey
Identity Alaska and Full Spectrum Health partnered to launch the first statewide LGBTQ+ Community Health Needs Assessment in Alaska. While it should only take 15 minutes for individuals to complete the assessment, the results can make a lasting impact toward reducing the gap in health-related experiences for the LGBTQ+ community.
The survey responses will inform culturally competent health care and aid in prevention efforts tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people in Alaska. Please help by taking the confidential survey now.
Source: Meghan Aftosmis, The Alaska 100
Take a Break from Pandemic Stress with Some Help from Alaska Musicians and Writers
With the stress of sheltering in our homes and a daily barrage of worrisome news about the global pandemic, it’s important to find time to decompress, relax and find hope for the future. READ MORE & LISTEN
"What's in your pantry today" with Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas of Bambinos Baby Food
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 pm
What’s in Your Pantry Today, May 4th, 2020
Dear Friends, Thank you for joining me for "What’s in Your Pantry Today” May 4th, 2020Today's Topic: Nurturing Positivity 1. How creating, baking and sharing bread breathes life into our hearts and those around us.2. Fun bread kneading demonstration no mess no mixture needed. 3. I have no yeast and don't like sourdough. Any ideas what I can use instead? (Question from Sally)4. Why is my birch water cloudy? ( Jillian) 5. My 5-month-old still doesn't sleep well after my lactation consultant told me to start feeding him wheat and rice cereal. Please share your guidance. (question from Karen) Friends, I would love to hear from you! Please voice a topic you would like to hear about on "What's in your Pantry today!"The purpose of "What's in your pantry today" is to inspire fun new recipes with what's currently in your cupboard so you don't need to make an extra trip to the supermarket and also share on important topics like health, wellness and business while #FlattentheCurve. Please share and let's have fun! Join me every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 3PM AKST here on my personal Facebook page and call in at 907-301-5932.Much love and respect, Zoi"#WhatsInYourPantryToday #ZoiMaroudas #COVID #FlattentheCurve #Hunckerdown#HunderdownAnchorTown#FunCookingInspirations #BambinosBabyFood #ShelterInLOVE#Health#Family #CommunityBambinos Baby FoodiMaroudas #COVID #FlattentheCurve #Hunckerdown#HunderdownAnchorTown#FunCookingInspirations #BambinosBabyFood #ShelterInLOVE#Health#Family #CommunityBambinos Baby FoodPosted by Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas on Monday, May 4, 2020
Apple Launches COVID-19 App
The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world. It has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and informed. APP STORE
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Provides More Than $1.2 Million in COVID-19 Response Grants to Partner Organizations Across Alaska
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) has awarded 62 COVID-19 response grants totaling more than $1.2M to partner organizations across the state. Based on the response to the program, and assessed partner need, trustees approved up to $1.5M for this program. READ MORE