COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant
Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant
The Municipality of Anchorage has committed $1 million to support small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Recipients will be awarded $5,000-$10,000 grants to support their operations, including but not limited to payroll, rent, utilities, taxes, and paying vendors. Additional funding for this program may be made available at a later date.
The below businesses and nonprofits are those that were selected on May 27, 2020 to receive funding from the Municipality of Anchorage COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Program. The number of applicants exceeded the available funding for this program and CILC and the Municipality of Anchorage utilized a random selection process, which was independently conducted by a third party:
40 sole proprietorships were selected for grant awards of $5,000
15 nonprofits were selected for grant awards of $10,000
65 other businesses were selected for grant awards of $10,000
Selected applicants will be required to provide verification documents in order to be approved for grant funding disbursement. If, throughout the verification process, finalists are found to be ineligible, CILC will draw a newly selected applicant from the waitlist. This list reflects the selection made on May 27 and is subject to change.
- Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, Inc
- Alaska Association of Teachers of Japanese, Inc.
- Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant & Retailers Association
- Alaska Outdoors Advocacy Inc
- Alaska Public Interest Research Group
- Anchorage Concert Chorus
- Anchorage Home Builders Association
- Choosing Our Roots
- Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa in Alaska
- Cross Country Alaska
- Girdwood Art Institute/ Girdwood Fine Arts Camp
- Northern Lights Celtic Board
- Out North
- Sankofa Cultural Foundation Alaska
- St Christopher's Episcopal Church
- 3D Cleaning
- Aaron Johnson
- A-Town Coffee
- Alaska Accounting & Auditing Services Inc
- Alaska Chalet Bed & Breakfast
- Alaska Complete Auto Repair LLC
- Alaska Korean Christian Church
- Alaska Outdoor & Travel Guides
- Alaska Paleo-Project
- Alaska Vocational Training Center
- Alaskan Data Solutions
- Alaskan International Mountaineering & Adventure LLC
- Alpenglow Electric
- AM PM Cleaning Services
- AshBre Taylored Services
- Aurora House Transitional
- Bahay Kubo Restaurant
- Bambino's Baby Food
- Bewty Shop
- Big Lake Paws
- Bill Hauser LLC
- Block 500 Development
- Breaking Bread LLC, dba Get Lost Travel Vans
- Brian Yelverton Lac LLC
- Burn & Bloom
- Cherie Jordan
- City Taxi
- Clare Protzman
- Cleaning World II
- Common Ground Guest House
- ComServ Realty, Inc.
- Crouse Environmental Compiance LLC
- Dergachev LLC
- Diamond Greens
- Dot's Day Care
- Dragonsmaids Aquarium Services
- ESCAPE! Alaska
- Fireweed Strategies LLC
- Frontier harves, Inc
- Fukumaru Teriyaki
- G Investments LLC
- Giona Jasel LLC
- GK Construction, Inc
- Glow Studio
- Greater Entertainment LLC
- Ground Up Services
- Hair by Cerena Frank
- Hanalei Island Fabric
- High Five Awards and Engraving
- Houghtonhill LLC
- Ikonic Communications
- Innovative Contruction & Design LLC
- Intrinsic Landscapes
- Isidoro Martinez Jr.
- J & J L Landscaping and Snow Removal
- Jen’s Hair and Lash Studio
- JF Squared LLC dba Energy Audits of Alaska
- Kantishna Gallery LLC
- Kauai Fitt Realty, LLC
- Keke Treats
- Kenai Daycare
- Ketz Chiropractic
- King and Associates Real Estate LLC
- Laona LLC
- Leah Frankson Inua Salon & Boutique
- Living Systems Physical Therapy
- Lush Studio
- Mahtava, LLC
- Maidl's Repair Co.
- Mana Investment Group
- Melanin Beauty Supply
- MetrOasis LLC
- Michele Keck, Illuminated Spirit Healing Arts
- Missal LLC
- MKD's Property Solutions
- Mom's Laundry Services
- Polar Pediatrics
- Poppy LLC
- R & S Laundr-o-mat
- Relly Automotive LLC
- Sheilas Ceramics
- Shrink Wrap of Alaska
- Ski & Benny Pizza
- Sonias Magic Hair Styles
- Sparrows Restaurant
- Studio 49 Strong Aesthetics LLC
- Studio Pulse LLC
- Sundance Montessori
- Sustainable Earth Research
- Thai Delight Restaurant
- The Alaska Lice Clinic, LLC
- The Daniel House Inc
- The Dirt House
- This-n-That and More
- Tightlines Alaska
- Toast of the Town LLC
- Top Nails
- Twisted Scissor
- Urban Bunny Gardens, LLC
- Value Strategy Group
- Warehouse 49 Inc
- WEST BERLIN RESTAURANT
- YOGA OM ALASKA, LLC
Small Business Grant Relief FAQ
100-120 recipients will be chosen from the pool of eligible applicants.
Sole proprietorships are eligible to apply for a $5,000 grant. Other businesses and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.
No. So long as you use the money to pay for eligible operating expenses, you do not have to repay it.
Payroll, employee benefits, rent, utilities, taxes, and payments to vendors are all eligible expenses. Other operating expenses may be eligible but must be approved before the funds are used.
If the resources available are insufficient to fund all eligible applicants, then awards will be made by random selection.
No. Businesses and nonprofits that have received or have a pending application for PPP, EIDL, or other Federal COVID-19 relief funding are not eligible.
Some types of nonprofits are eligible, including 501(c)(3) charitable organizations; 501(c)(5) labor, agricultural, or horticultural organizations; 501(c)(6) trade and professional organizations; 501(c)(13) cemetery companies; 501(c)(19) or (23) veterans organizations; and 501(e) cooperative hospital organizations. Some types of nonprofits are ineligible, including 501(c)(4) organizations, social or recreational clubs, fraternal organizations, credit unions, and religious organizations. To be eligible, nonprofits must be directed by a volunteer board or local advisory board, and a majority of the members of that board must be Alaska residents.
Nonprofits must have provided aid or services in the Municipality of Anchorage during 2018 and 2019 and must have been issued an IRS determination letter of nonprofit status in 2018 or earlier.
Up to 20% of the funding ($200,000) will be available to nonprofits.
Eligible small businesses are those that:
- had less than $1 million in gross revenue in 2019, and
- had no more than 7 total full-time or part-time employees at any one time in 2019.
Up to 20% of the funding ($200,000) will be available to sole proprietorships.
Sole proprietors are eligible to apply if the owner received at least 75% of their annual gross income from the business in 2019.
Sole proprietors are considered employees of their business.
No, chains and franchises are not eligible. However, local nonprofit organizations that are affiliated with a national nonprofit organization are eligible.
Your business must have a location within the Municipality of Anchorage, including but not limited to the Anchorage Bowl, Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood, Peter’s Creek, Eklutna, Girdwood, Indian, and Bird. Your location may be an office, store, restaurant, or other physical location. Home-based businesses are eligible.
Yes, seasonal and mobile businesses are eligible if they can show that they are either based in or do substantial business within the Municipality of Anchorage. This includes food trucks and businesses that operate a stand at one or more markets.
Yes. Any business legally restricted to patrons over age 18 or 21 is ineligible, including bars, liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, smoke shops, and adult entertainment. Other ineligible businesses include payday lenders, pawn shops, unlicensed massage parlors, bingo halls, pull-tab businesses, and other businesses related to gambling, betting, or gaming except for nonprofit organizations engaged in lawful fundraising activities.
No. If an individual owns a majority interest in more than one business, then only one of those businesses may receive an award. If an individual owns a minority interest in multiple businesses, each business is eligible.
Yes. Businesses and nonprofits must be able to show that they have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in one or more of the following ways:
- full or partial closure due to government order;
- has had to lay-off, furlough, or not pay one or more employees;
- lost monthly revenue of 25% or more;
- likely to close without financial assistance; and/or
- nonprofits meet this requirement if the organization has expanded to address community health, safety, social, and/or economic needs related to COVID-19.
Yes. If you are selected to receive an award you will have to verify your eligibility by providing documentation such as tax returns and a signed statement. Persons who knowingly provide false information will be required to pay back any funds they receive and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Schedule C income will be considered “gross income” for sole proprietors.
If your business is required to provide tax returns but has not yet prepared or filed a 2019 tax return, you will be required to submit a copy of your 2018 tax return instead.
Sole proprietors may provide their Social Security Number or an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).
Applications will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. on May 22, 2020.
Funding awards should be announced on or about May 27, 2020. Applicants will be contacted and informed whether they have or have not been selected to receive an award.
Please provide a current telephone number and email address for a legally authorized representative of the business or nonprofit. You will be required to show that the representative is authorized to receive funding on behalf of the business or nonprofit before funds will be disbursed.
It is possible but not guaranteed that more funding will become available for emergency stabilization grants in the future. Should that occur, applicants who are determined eligible in this round will not be required to submit a new application.