CARES Act

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The deadline for local businesses to apply for CARES Act funding is Friday, July 24, at noon.

This second application round is open to non-essential businesses that had to close due to COVID-19, as well as essential businesses that have also been impacted by the pandemic.

"And everyone who is either essential or non-essential — it doesn't really matter at this point — should just apply if you feel like you have reason to apply or were affected by COVID," said Bil Homka, director of Unalaska's Planning Department. 

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The City of Unalaska will start distributing funds to non-essential businesses that had to close due to COVID-19 as early as Monday, according to city officials.

Unalaska is slated to receive $13.4 million in funds from the federal CARES Act, which is aimed at assisting local communities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic. 

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Businesses and nonprofits in Unalaska can now apply for aid from the city's share of CARES Act funding.

The City of Unalaska is slated to receive over $13 million in funds from the federal CARES Act, which is aimed at assisting local communities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The Unalaska City Council unanimously authorized the city to sign a grant agreement with the State of Alaska to accept more than $13 million for costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the federal CARES Act, but passes through the state.

As cities and towns are facing hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending and lost revenue due to the pandemic, the funds offer some relief.

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While Unalaska was granted $1,120,265 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — or CARES Act — for its airport last week, many questions remain about what the funding can be used for. 

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offset impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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