Wrangell offers CARES COVID-19 relief programs

    Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Wrangell is offering a series of programs of economic relief for businesses, non-profits, and residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The city has designated up to $915,000 of the CARES Act funds received from the State of Alaska to these assistance programs which are intended to provide economic relief in the areas of most need. 

    Each program will require a separate application be completed by each business, non-profit or resident.

    Five of the seven programs have been released as of Wednesday. The grants for vessel repair will be posted Thursday.

    Each program application provides eligibility requirements and identifies the supporting information to be submitted.   All programs are a first-come, first-serve basis.  As the programs are released during July, summary requirements will be listed below but please refer to the applications for details.

    The city’s goal is to keep the application process as simple as possible, while also meeting the justification required by the fund source. Email questions to wrangell@wrangell.com and provide a phone number. Staff will respond by email or phone.  

    Programs to be offered

    Food Assistance:  The goal of this program is to fund existing local entities (businesses or non-profits) to provide food security with free meals and/or food to families, seniors, kids, and individuals that need assistance due to financial hardship and food insecurity caused by COVID-19. 

    Social Services:  The goal of this program is to provide funds to existing local businesses or non-profits to provide needed social services to families, seniors, kids, and individuals that need assistance due to hardships caused by COVID-19.

    Vessel Repair Haul-Out Lift Fee Assistance:  The goal of this program is to mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and supply chain disruptions to the Marine Service Center (MSC) businesses which lost considerable revenues in March-May 2020.

    Vessel Repair Extended Stay Assistance:  The goal of this program is to mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and supply chain disruptions by providing assistance for boat storage fees for vessel owners required to stay longer in the work zone yard due to impacts from COVID-19.

    Targeted Visitor Industry Relief:  This program is aimed at assisting Wrangell visitor industry businesses that are the most critically impacted by COVID-19 through either mandatory closure requirements, travel restrictions, and/or cancellations by cruise ships.

    General Small Business Relief:  This program is aimed at assisting eligible local businesses and commercial fishermen that operate within Wrangell and directly impacted by COVID-19.

    Mask Cash:  The city is working with the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce to encourage both local shopping and public health and safety by randomly rewarding people wearing masks or cloth face coverings with cash vouchers while shopping downtown.

    Business or Non-Profit Support for Accounting or Professional Services:  This program is aimed at helping local entities in need of services to help apply for local, federal, or state COVID-19 relief programs.

    Local Spending Voucher:  The city is working with the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce to implement a Local Spending Voucher program intended to incentivize local shopping in Wrangell to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 mandates

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