Borough holds CARES grant meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering several open houses to help small business owners and nonprofits earn about opportunities for pandemic-relief grants through funding received by the borough under the CARES Act.

Open houses will be held at these times and places:

• Ninilchik: 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 10, at the Ninilchik Senior Center, 66265 Aspen Ave.

• Fritz Creek and Fox River: 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Kachemak Emergency Services, McNeil Canyon Station, 53048 Ashwood Ave.

• Anchor Point: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 18, at the Anchor Point Senior Center, 72750 Milo Fritz Ave.

The application period for applying for the grants started on July 6. The borough will distribute the $15 million in financial relief. The funds are available to small businesses and nonprofits physically located within the borough and outside of any of the borough’s incorporated cities, which are Homer, Kachemak City, Kenai, Seldovia, Seward and Soldotna.

Borough residents can apply for these grants through July 24.

Businesses and nonprofits can apply for these funds even if they have already received state or federal COVID-19 assistance, as long as the applicant can show that borough relief funds would be used for expenses not already covered by other funds.

Grants for both businesses and nonprofits will be divided into five levels. Applicants will receive between $1,750 and $35,000 based on gross revenue from 2019. If the demand for grants ends up being more than the available funds allow, the borough will adjust grant amounts for all recipients.

Applications will be available online at