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AK-ARPA Business Relief Program

Grants to Alaska Businesses for
Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC)

Deadline Date:

10/19/21 8:00 AM


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Grants to Alaska businesses for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist for-profit entities that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic and face financial hardship. Grants may be used on past, current, or future costs of the business.

Allowable costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Business operating expenses
  • Professional licensing costs
  • Unemployment Insurance for Calendar Year 2021
  • Business payroll costs (including sick leave)
  • Payments on any business mortgage obligation or rent payments (not including prepayments)
  • Business debt service (both principal and interest; not including prepayments of principal or interest)
  • Business utility payments

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198858

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Tier One: 80% of documented net income loss up to $250,000.
- Tier Two: 80% of documented net income loss up to $500,000
- Tier Three: 80% of documented net income loss up to $1 million

Term of Contract:

The specific deadline to expend all grant funds has yet to be determined but will likely be in Fall 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Business must be Alaska-based. Sole proprietorship business must be owned by an Alaskan resident.
- Must be a for-profit business.
- Business revenues must primarily be generated in activities and or services performed in Alaska.
- Reported Gross Annual Revenue (GAR) must be between $10,000 and $50 million in 2019.
- Business must have held an active State of Alaska Business License as of January 1, 2021 (unless exempt under AS 43.70.105, in which case the business will need to provide proof of the required licensure under that exemption, as applicable). Businesses that held a valid State Business License that expired on December 31, 2020, and have subsequently renewed are also eligible for this program.
- Business must have been in operation before January 1, 2020, with proof of a filed 2019 and 2020 tax return. (For a subsidiary filing independently of their corporation, a consolidated tax return with schedules delineating revenue streams is acceptable.)
- Business must have experienced a decrease of at least 50% in net income between 2019 and 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Business must have a DUNS number. For guidance on how to obtain and/or manage a DUNS number, visit our DUNS Number Guide.
- To be an eligible commercial fishing business, a fisherman must permanently hold a Limited Entry or Interim Entry Permit for 2019 and 2020. Temporary Permit Holders are ineligible.
- A corporation may file as a whole, or for one subsidiary. Multiple subsidiaries of one corporation may not apply; a corporation and one of its subsidiaries may not both apply.
- Applicants must self-certify that, barring unforeseen circumstances, they will remain in business through Calendar Year 2022.
- Seafood processing, mining, and oil and gas industries required to make significant investments in order to comply with the State of Alaska’s COVID-19 mitigation policies in order to operate are exempted from the gross revenue cap and may apply for an individual facility, and provide audited financials of that facility rather than an IRS schedule in order to qualify.

Applications will be grouped into three tiers based on an applicant business’ GAR in 2019:
- Tier One: Businesses with 2019 GAR between $10,000 and $2.5 million.
- Tier Two: Businesses with 2019 GAR between $2.51 million and $10 million.
- Tier Three: Businesses with 2019 GAR between $10.01 million and $50 million.

Ineligible Businesses:
- Business with an expired business license.
- Business that did not have an active business license in 2020 and currently (unless exempt under AS 43.70.105, in which case the business will need to provide proof of the requirement licensure under that exemption as of January 1, 2021, as applicable).
- Business that has permanently closed.
- Business currently involved in a bankruptcy proceeding.
- Publicly traded company or nonprofit business.
- Business with a Gross Annual Revenue (GAR) of less than $10,000 in 2019.
- Business with a Gross Annual Revenue (GAR) of more than $50 million in 2019.
- Business with less than a 50% decrease in net income between 2019 and 2020.
- Marijuana businesses (due to the federal funding of this program).
- Multiple subsidiaries of one corporation may not apply.
- A corporation and one of its subsidiaries may not both apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period will remain open until 8:00 am on October 19, 2021.

The AK-ARPA business grant program is not a first-come, first-served grant opportunity. Grants will be issued based on the demonstrated need. Grants will not be awarded until the end of the application period and after all applications have been reviewed.

Applicants may complete a preliminary AK-ARPA Screening Questionnaire to quickly determine whether their business is eligible for an AK-ARPA Business Relief grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For assistance with your application, contact JEDC’s AK-ARPA hotline at (907) 917-3720 or email

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