The Kodiak Island Borough took a step toward distributing federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money to nonprofit organizations in need last week.
Twenty-four nonprofits applied for the $1 million that the borough received through the CARES Act with requests that totaled more than $2.2 million.
The borough assembly discussed all the applications at a work session, then voted unanimously to move forward with the allocation on Thursday. All told, the group will give out $599,167 of the $1 million.
The breakdown is as follows: Alutiiq Heritage Foundation will receive $28,606, Brother Francis Shelter $69,312, Discover Kodiak $13,085, Hospice and Palliative Care $15,000, KANA ILP and WIC $9,555, KMXT $134,000, Kodiak Arts Council $47,000, Kodiak Chamber of Commerce $25,000, Kodiak Christian School $28,609, Kodiak History Museum $27,940, Kodiak Maritime Museum $33,750, Kodiak Teen Court $16,045, Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center $52,200, New Valaam Monastery $40,000, Senior Citizens of Kodiak $42,733 and Threshold Services $16,332.
The borough requested more information from River of Life Daycare, Kodiak Baptist Mission, Old Harbor Alliance, and Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair. Borough Mayor Bill Roberts said those applications had not been clear about how much the COVID-19 pandemic had cost them in income, which is among the primary information the group wanted to know.
“Clearly some of these organizations are more incompatible with a pandemic than others,” Assembly Member Andy Schroeder said.
“Some just needed touchless soap dispensers. Others needed to rehab their facility and rethink the way they did business.”
Several assembly members were quick to say that this was not a perfect process. For instance, the borough solicited applications before it had determined criteria to evaluate those applicants. But the priority, some said, was speed and not perfection.
“I have some real misgivings about how this process has rolled out from the very outset,” Assembly Member Duane Dvorak said.
“I’m not really in favor of, or looking forward to, extending the process. I feel like extending the process isn’t going to make an imperfect process more perfect.”
The leftover money, if there is any, could go elsewhere. The borough also allocated $1 million to itself, $1.57 million to the school system, $500,00 to the Kodiak Economic Development Corp. to grant to small businesses, and $1.5 million to hold in reserve.
Next, the borough will review the applications from the remaining four nonprofit groups, then move forward with a public hearing and final vote.