City of Soldotna

There’s coronavirus relief funding for local nonprofits yet. Soldotna opened a new grant program last week for organizations that have been impacted by the pandemic and address homelessness prevention, mental health support, food security, youth services, transportation, or are involved in COVID-19 vaccination efforts.


Starting tomorrow, Alaskans can apply for another round of rental assistance. 

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is helping renters who are struggling to pay rent during the pandemic with up to 12 months of their rent and utilities.

If you were a city or borough official in 2020, you had a hard task in front of you — divvy up CARES Act funds without knowing how much demand there would be for each program.

Sometimes, cities underestimated that need. The city of Kenai set aside $400,000 for its rent and mortgage relief program last fall. As more calls came in and the demand became apparent, it upped the ante to $1 million.

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Kenai Peninsula College students who have struggled during the pandemic have another week to apply for CARES relief.

The college is offering $500 in funding to students who are enrolled in six or more KPC credits and are residents of either Soldotna or Homer, the two cities that set aside CARES funding for the program.

Money for Soldotna students will be channeled through the Kenai River Campus, while funds for Homer students will go through the Kachemak Bay Campus. Funding is available through Dec. 18.

City of Kenai

The Kenai City Council approved a resolution last night that has three main functions relating to COVID-19 relief.

The first involves doubling the aid that Kenai commercial fishermen can receive, from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications for that relief program are available on the city of Kenai website and close Oct. 30. Permit holders who live within Kenai and who had at least $10,000 in landings on their 2019 permits are eligible to apply.