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Infectious Disease

COVID-19 Community Funding

The State of Alaska has funding available for local communities statewide to assist with COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration. This funding includes a focus on health equity to help those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

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Important Dates

  • Feb. 23, 2021: Pre-award meeting (4 pm)
  • Feb. 26, 2021: Second opportunity: Pre-award meeting (10 am)
  • March 15, 2021: Community funding requests due to maria.caruso@alaska.gov
  • March 31, 2021: Funding awarded to communities via signed MOA
  • March 31, 2022: Program concludes.

Application for COVID-19 Community Funding

Please attend one of the two pre-award meetings (either February 23 at 4 pm or February 26 at 10 am) prior to submitting an application:

Funding for Boroughs and Cities

The initial round of funding, which totals $37.5 million, will be distributed through Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) to local borough and/or city governments. These government entities are encouraged to partner with organizations in their community including (but not limited to) hospitals, schools, and non-profit organizations.

The total funding amount has been broken down by overall population to ensure all communities have access to funding:

Boroughs are encouraged to apply, but cities are eligible to apply independently. 

These MOAs will become effective March 15, 2021 and continue through March 31, 2022. 

Local governments may propose plans to engage one or more communities and geographic areas. Please work with your local Tribes, borough, municipality and with other entities such as hospitals, schools and community organizations to ensure efforts are coordinated. 

DHSS allows recipients to act as pass-through entities to provide funding to other recipients, including community-based organizations serving populations who may experience health inequities.
Technical assistance will be provided throughout the funding period to assist with reporting, advancing health equity projects, pre-approval of projects and invoice processing.

Funding for Tribal Health Organizations

A second round of funding, which totals $4.6 million, will be distributed to Tribal Health Organizations through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We anticipate that additional information about this process including how to apply will be available in early March.

Health equity requirement for funding

What is health equity? According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

The COVID-19 community funding aims to support community-driven strategies to effectively offer COVID-19 vaccine to all residents, provide ample testing and provide effective contact tracing and case interviews. We are asking communities to address health disparities by focusing on population groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to external social factors and systemic inequities.
Funding is calculated on population ​size. A portion of the funds allocated to communities will be required to be used to help those who have difficulty accessing testing, COVID-19 vaccine or complying with recommendations from contract tracers. 

A minimum of 10% of these funds must be allocated to health equity efforts in each community, and this percentage may be higher based on the levels of deprivation experienced in your community. Information on higher levels of deprivation by community is available for comparison to surrounding areas in this Neighborhood Atlas provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Possible future funding opportunities

The state may announce additional application rounds to other types of entities, dependent upon remaining funds available, and to be determined at a later date.

Contact information

Questions? Please contact maria.caruso@alaska.gov or review the Community Funding FAQs.

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