This blog is maintained as an effort to coordinate and collocate responding agencies' information for easier public access during events on the Kenai Peninsula. The information here is written and provided by the contributing agencies. NOTE: The blog will be updated as the need arises and may be dormant at times.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

09/24/20: Working on the grant application today?

Application period closes this Friday at 5PM. The Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant is open to small businesses and nonprofits in KPB unincorporated communities, commercial fisheries and big game permit holders. Make sure you're authorized to sign the application. For nonprofits, only the current board officers may apply as the authorized signatories

Have the following documents scanned and ready to upload:

IRS W-9 (see link below)
AK Business License OR fish/guide permit

Pick ONE of the following methods to prove your 2019 gross revenues:

Sales Tax Registration Number (TIP: this is the best way to verify your 2019 gross revenues)


IRS submitted forms such as Schedule C, E, 1120, 1065 (entities that don't collect sales tax)


Third-party, prepared financial statements (entities that don't collect sales tax or nonprofits)

IRS 990 (nonprofits cannot use the 990 postcard)

AK Corporate Entity Number and current biennial report (nonprofits)

TIP: You can use your phone to scan and upload documents. For more tips and what's required to apply or to finish your application... visit

PS: You can download a W-9 from the IRS official site at

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

09/23/20: The deadline is fast approaching...

Remember, the application period closes this Friday September 25, 2020 at 5:00PM. Apply today for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program. More information or apply online at

Need a little extra help? Call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 before the application closes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

09/22/20: A Draft Stays A Draft Until You Hit Submit


The Kenai Peninsula Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program is rapidly coming to a close; the application period closes this Friday at 5PM September 25th. As of tonight, there are 270 applications is draft form. NOTE: The review process starts after the applicant hits "submit." Take a moment to complete your application; verify that it’s complete and hit the SUBMIT button. -You're a few clicks away from review status.

For folks that have submitted an application, be sure to check your email and visit your online account to check the status of the application too. We may need more information. If so, the reviewer will give you access to the application so you may add the requested information. Apply at or give us a call – Grants Division 907-714-2153.

Monday, September 21, 2020

09/21/20 Getting more than one grant? No double dipping allowed...


09/21/20: The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program allows small businesses and nonprofits to apply for a grant regardless if you've applied for other state or federal assistance programs as a result of COVID-19 economic impacts.

Just remember to keep separate accounting and backup documentation for each grant that you receive... don't use the same bag of receipts for the different grants that you may receive.

Federal funds cannot be used to pay for the exact same cost or activity already paid for from another source of funding. This is sometimes referred to as duplication of benefits (DOB) or “double-dipping.” Entities using multiple funding sources should be aware of the different authorities and program requirements for each funding source, being careful to avoid DOB in instances where they are paying for similar costs or activities from multiple sources. If you're a small business or nonprofit located in an unincorporated community, visit to learn about the borough's grant program or to submit an application. You may also call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153.

Friday, September 18, 2020

09/18/20: Details Matter and So Does Matching Boxes

Be sure that your mailing address matches your mailing address on your SoAlaska Business License. The grant award check will be mailed to this address. Very Important! For program information and application visit

9/18/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP


Today's information is higlighted in red letters.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

09/17/20: Did you know that gross revenue is all income calculated before expenditures?

The Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant for a business or nonprofit is determine using documentation that verifies 2019 gross revenues. What was your total gross revenue reported last year? Look below to determine the possible grant award.

The verification is the same for small businesses and nonprofit organizations but the documentation may be different. Learn more or how to apply today at or call 907-714-2153.

Note: All grant awards are subject to availability of funds. If the demand for grants exceeds the Borough’s available funds, the Borough reserves the right to adjust the grant amounts to all recipients to stay within available funding. Application period ends September 25, 2020 at 5PM. 

Grants Will Be Divided into Five Levels:

Up to $1,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $20,000 to $50,000

Up to $3,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $50,001 to $100,000

Up to $8,750 based on 2019 gross revenues of $100,001 to $250,000

Up to $17,500 based on 2019 gross revenues of $250,001 to $500,000

Up to $35,000 based on 2019 gross revenues of more than $500,000

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

09/16/20 Commercial Fishing Entities May Be Eligible to Apply

Regrettably, pirates are not considered eligible applicants with the Borough's CARES Act Relief Fund grant program, but commercial fishing entities may qualify under the small business category with valid permit status and IRS submitted forms (such as IRS Schedule C, E, 1120, 1065) or independent, third-party prepared financial statements. Be sure to read the program guide before applying for the Borough's grant program. Visit or call 907-714-2153 for more information.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

09/15/20 Working on a Borough’s CARES Relief Fund grant application tonight?


Be sure to include a current IRS W-9 form with the application. The W-9 form also known as a "Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification" asks for basic tax identification number. A TIN can be also be a social security number or employer identification number.

TIP: Before signing the W-9, be sure the TIN matches the tax information listed on your application.

Keep a copy of the W-9 form with your application documents. You can download a W-9 from the IRS official site at For more information on the Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant program or to complete an online application, visit or call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153.

Monday, September 14, 2020

09/14/20 Ready, Set, Apply Now!


The Borough’s online portal is officially open for a second opportunity to apply for a CARES Act Relief Fund grant. Applicants must create a user email and password account before starting an application (link below). Be sure to respond to the confirmation email. For some folks, this email may be found in your spam account. Visit to gather required documents and start your application today. Application period closes 5:00 PM September 25, 2020.

Friday, September 11, 2020

09/11/20 Program Guide for Applicants

Help us help you get to “Yes!” The Borough opens the second opportunity to apply for the CARES Act Relief Fund grant next Monday, September 14th at 8AM. Applicants are encouraged to read the program guide and gather necessary documents. The online application is easy 1-2-3 if  scanned documents are ready to upload when creating the application. To download the guide visit

9/11/20 Kenai Peninsula Borough SITREP


Today's information is higlighted in red letters.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

09/10/20 Open House Events Coming To Your Community

Learn how you can apply for the Kenai Peninsula Borough CARES Act Relief Fund grant under the Round 2 opportunity. Staff have scheduled events throughout the K-Pen. See schedule listed below.* 

The staff at the Borough Administration Building in Soldotna as well as the Seward Annex and Homer Annex staff are also available to assist you if you are unable to attend an open house event. The online application portal will be activated 8:00 AM September 14, 2020 at

September 18, 2020 11:30AM – 12:30PM
21849 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing AK 99572

September 18, 2020 3:30PM – 4:30PM (UPDATED)
Mile 29.5 Seward Hwy Moose Pass AK 99631

September 21, 2020 4:30PM – 5:30PM
66265 Aspen Ave, Ninilchik AK 99639

September 21, 2020 7:00PM – 900PM
91 Sterling Hwy, Homer AK 99603

144 N Binkley St., Soldotna AK 99669
Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM

302 Railway Ave., Ste. 122 Seward AK 99664
Monday – Thursday 10AM – 3PM

638 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer AK 99603
Monday – Friday 8AM – 4:30PM

*COVID-19 mitigation protocols will be practiced at each location.

09/10/20 Public Firewood - FREE and Available Until September 18, 2020

Weekly construction updates (LINK)

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

09/09/20 DING DING DING!!! Download the Program Guide Today and Get Ready for Next Monday

Does your business qualify for a grant? Download the program guide today and prepare your documents for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's, CARES Act Relief Fund grant program "Round 2." This second application opportunity opens next Monday September 14th.

The program is open to all businesses and nonprofit organizations outside of city limits, regardless of whether they have applied for or have obtained any other state or federal COVID-19 related assistance. What’s the catch? You may not apply if your business or nonprofit has already received a borough grant under Round 1 of this program. For more information visit

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

09/08/20 Does Your Business Reside in an Unincorporated Community?


The Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly approved the second grant opportunity under the CARES Act Relief Fund. The Borough's grant application launches online Monday September 14th at 8:00AM. Grants will be divided into five funding levels. This program will distribute grants to small businesses and nonprofits outside of the city boundaries of Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward, and Soldotna. NOTE: Commercial fishing, big game permit and even fishing guide permit holders may qualify under the small business category with valid permit status and IRS submitted forms (such as IRS Schedule C, E, 1120, 1065) or independent, third party prepared financial statements.

Call the Grants Division at 907-714-2153 or visit to learn more about eligibility and what's needed to apply. Application period closes September 25th at 5:00PM.

Monday, September 7, 2020

09/07/20 Borough Opens Round Two Grant Application Period Soon

Another Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses and Nonprofits residing in the Kenai Peninsula Borough (outside of city boundaries) opens September 14th at 8:00 AM for those affected by COVID-19 impacts.

The borough will open the second round of funding through the CARES Act Relief Fund Program for grants to eligible small businesses and nonprofits. The online application period opens September 14–25, 2020. A printable version of the program guide is available at You can also learn more about other projects funded through the Borough’s CARES Act Relief Fund. For mobile viewers, look for the black ribbon at the top of the page and select from the drop down menu.