Congress passed the federal CARES Act in March, and since then, businesses, organizations and individuals across the country have started receiving money from a variety of programs meant to help blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Sitka has rolled out several programs fed by the federal dollars, including utility relief, funding for the Sitka School District, and now, a grant program for small businesses, non-profits and the self-employed.

So far, the city has received over 200 applications, but Sitka still has plenty of funding available. KCAW’s Morning Host Erin Fulton spoke with the city’s CARES Act grant technician, Rob Allen, on the Morning Interview about eligibility, the application process and what this money can be used for.

The deadline to apply for the program is August 31 at 5 p.m. Applications and an FAQ can be found on the city’s website (link). Paper applications can also be picked up at the city utility office or on the third floor of the administrative building. For questions, residents can call 747-1824 or email

For more information about how CARES Act dollars are being spent in Sitka, check out some of our previous reporting:

Assembly approves plan for CARES Act funds

City aims to support local businesses with CARES Act funds

Sitkans can now apply for CARES Act subsidies