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TKC Shareholders Can Apply For CARES Act Funds

Fresh cut red salmon hangs by the Kuskokwim River in Sleetmute.
Anna Rose MacArthur

Shareholders of The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) can apply for CARES Act Tribal Relief funds. TKC received $821,474.24 of this funding, and the corporation’s board is dedicating that full amount to shareholders.

Eligible shareholders over the age of 18 who attest to being negatively impacted economically by the pandemic can apply for direct relief payments.

TKC is formed from 10 upper Kuskokwim River village corporations. President and CEO Andrea Gusty said that around three-quarters of shareholders were not eligible for CARES Act funding provided to tribes last year, because the shareholders no longer live in the region. These payments are a way to financially aid all shareholders, no matter where they live. Payment amounts will depend on the financial need of applicants and on how many people apply.

The corporation will mail paper applications to all shareholders age 18 and older beginning next week. They’ll also be available online on the TKC website and on the shareholder portal Shareholders can also pick up paper applications at TKC offices in Anchorage and Aniak.

The application deadline is Nov. 1 by 5 p.m.

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