Program Description and Conditions
OUNALASHKA CORPORATION’s CARES Act Relief Fund Program (the “Relief Fund Program”) provides eligible OC shareholders with financial assistance (a “COVID Relief Grant”) for necessary expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021, which have not already been reimbursed by any other Alaska Native Corporation, tribal government, local or state government, or other CARES Act program, such as the Paycheck Protection Program or CARES Act grants from tribes or local governments.
Eligibility. An individual is eligible to receive a COVID Relief Grant if they meet all of the following requirements (an “Eligible Applicant”):
(1)They are an OC Shareholder and over the age of 18; and
(2)They experienced unreimbursed loss of income or expenses responding to, and/or suffered other financial hardship due to, the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021.
Shareholder Record Date. For purposes of determining who is an OC Shareholder in connection with the Relief Fund Program, only shareholders of record on the books of OC on October 8, 2021, are eligible to apply for a COVID-19 Relief Grant.
Financial Assistance. The COVID Relief Grant will be in the form of reimbursement to the Eligible Applicant of unreimbursed, unbudgeted and necessary expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021. The amount of COVID Relief Grant may be as much as $1,100 depending on how many applications are received and the amount of shareholder expenses incurred. However, the amount of any grant may be reduced if the information submitted with the application does not support an award of the full amount.
Eligible Expenses. Any funds received through this Relief Fund Program may only be used for eligible expenses, which are necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the “covered period” (March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2021) and are not being reimbursed by other programs providing federal government COVID-19 response relief funds (e.g., unemployment, PPP, IRS-issued Economic Impact Payments, state or city COVID-relief funds, Tribal CARES Act funds, other Native Corporation CARES Act funds). The following is a general, non-exhaustive list of eligible necessary expenses:
- Unreimbursed medical expenses related to COVID-19
- Personal care items (Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, sanitizer, hygiene products, etc.)
- Quarantine costs (cleaning supplies, medical supplies, and equipment, etc.)
- Groceries for food security during pandemic, including food shipping/delivery costs
- Transportation costs related to testing, procedures, or treatment related to COVID-19
- Payment of rent or mortgage (to avoid eviction or foreclosure, etc.)
- Home-related costs for sanitary and safe living conditions, such as air quality improvements
- Utility costs such as electricity, gas, propane, water, firewood, Internet, phone, etc.
- Expenses for telework or distance-learning, including Internet and related equipment and fixtures (computers, modems, monitors, desks, etc.)
- Dependent care (childcare, food, homeschooling and other care supplies, etc.) due to school closures or other impacts due to COVID-19
- Other necessary expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
Repayment and Return of Funds. An applicant must re-pay all funds provided by OC under this Relief Fund Program if any information provided by the applicant in this application is false or misleading.
Limited Funds. A specific amount of money has been set aside by OC for the Relief Fund Program. When those funds are exhausted, no further Relief Fund Grants will be provided. OC encourages all Eligible Applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Application Process. Eligible Applicants may only apply once for the Relief Fund Program. The application must be completed by an Eligible Applicant who meets the criteria stated above.
Deadline to Submit Application. Applications may be submitted via the online application portal, emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed or dropped off between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 400 Salmon Way Unalaska, AK 99685 or 745 W. 4th Avenue Suite 306 Anchorage AK 99501. A completed and signed application must be received by 5:00 p.m. Alaska time on or before November 19, 2021. If the application is approved, the Relief Fund Grant will be mailed via check or paid via direct deposit.
Taxes. A Relief Fund Grant may be taxable, and the recipient is responsible for payment of any taxes or fees associated with his/her Relief Fund Grant.
Privacy: OC will maintain the confidentiality of your application. Any information provided will be used for the sole purpose of administering the Relief Fund Program and any records you provide will be purged once the Relief Fund Program is complete and pursuant to the regulatory requirements applying to the Relief Fund Program.
Waiver of Liability: OC shall not be liable to any individual applying for the Relief Fund Program for any damages, claims, expenses or other costs or fees (including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees) that any individual suffers or incurs as a result of their participation in the Relief Fund Program or receipt of Relief Fund Grants.
General. OC has the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or terminate the Relief Fund Program at any time, for any reason, without any liability to any Eligible Applicant or any other persons or entities. OC also has the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who commits fraud or other misconduct in connection with the Relief Fund Program; or interferes with, disrupts, tampers with, circumvents, or otherwise undermines the application process or the operation of the Relief Fund Program. Any decisions with respect to the Relief Fund Program made by OC will be binding and final in all respects.