The Municipality of Anchorage and Cook Inlet Lending Center (CILC) announced the recipients of the $1 million COVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant program today. These grants will provide support and stabilization during a challenging time when too many small businesses and nonprofits are bearing the cost of responding to the public health crisis. The grants support business operations, including but not limited to, payroll, rent, utilities, taxes, and paying vendors. CILC is assisting with processing and distributing the funding.

“This funding is for small businesses and nonprofits that didn’t have the opportunity to benefit from federal relief programs,” said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, “CILC did a great job administering this initial effort. The pilot program taught us a lot, and this experience will help the Municipality and the State as we design future efforts aimed at supporting Alaskan businesses and non-profits.”

Awardees include 40 sole proprietorships with $5,000 grant awards and 65 businesses and 15 nonprofits with $10,000 grant awards. CILC will complete eligibility verification of awardees by reviewing required documents such as tax returns, business licenses, and signed eligibility statements.

“Small businesses and nonprofits drive our local economy and provide essential services to our community,” said Gabe Layman, Chief Operating Officer for Cook Inlet Housing Authority. “Cook Inlet Lending Center is privileged to help the Municipality deploy relief funding to affected businesses and nonprofits that have been unable to access other financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Over 700 businesses and nonprofits applied, of which 380 applicants were eligible for funding. The 120 award recipients were chosen through random selection for $1 million available in grant funding. The grants are a pilot program to better understand the level of need for Anchorage small businesses and nonprofits. The program may be expanded at a later date if additional funding is available.

Small businesses and nonprofits were eligible if they met the following criteria:

less than $1 million in gross revenue in 2019;

no more than seven total full-time or part-time employees at any one time in 2019;

are located in the Municipality of Anchorage;

have not received or have a pending application for federal COVID-19 relief funding; and

are not legally restricted to patrons over age 18 or 21 (i.e. liquor store, smoke shop, payday lenders, etc.).

More information is available at the Cook Inlet Lending Center website. The list of awardees is below this press release and may be found on the Cook Inlet Lending Center website.


Media contact: Carolyn Hall, Communications Director, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, (907) 310-0753,


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