June 10, 2020 – Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) has awarded 62 COVID-19 response grants totaling more than $1.2M to partner organizations across the state. Based on the response to the program, and assessed partner need, trustees approved up to $1.5M for this program.

The Trust is providing grants of up to $25,000 to organizations that have had their ability to provide crucial services to Trust beneficiaries impacted by COVID-19. The Trust is considering applications requesting support for emergency beneficiary needs, identified health and safety issues related to the pandemic, and operational assistance. Trust beneficiaries include Alaskans who experience mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.

“The sudden onset of the COVID-19 meant many of our partners who provide essential service to our beneficiaries across the state were struggling to continue providing support and treatment services, and in some cases even to keep their staff and their doors open,” said Mike Abbott, CEO of the Trust. “We are pleased that we were able to take swift action to help our partners continue their operations during this pandemic. Our funding has been used for needs such as acquiring the technology necessary to transition to tele-service delivery, purchasing personal protective equipment for clients and staff, and providing safety net supports to keep beneficiaries housed, fed, and cared for.”

The Trust is still accepting applications for its COVID-19 response grant funding. For grant guidelines and eligibility information, please visit the Trust COVID-19 response grant webpage.

The following is a list of organizations that have received Trust COVID-19 response grants since trustees approved funding in late March 2020.

Grant RecipientGeographical Area Served
ACCA, Inc. DBA Alaska Center for Children and AdultsFairbanks North Star Borough
Access Alaska, Inc.Statewide
AK Child & FamilyStatewide
Akeela, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
Alaska Brain Injury NetworkStatewide
Alaska Mental Health Consumer WebAnchorage Municipality
Alaska Youth and Family NetworkAnchorage Municipality
Alternatives Community Mental Health Center, Inc. DBA Denali Family ServicesAnchorage Municipality
Alzheimer’s Resource of AlaskaStatewide
Anchorage Community Mental Health ServicesAnchorage Municipality
Anchorage Reentry Coalition through NeighborWorks AlaskaAnchorage Municipality
Arc of AnchorageAnchorage Municipality
Assets, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
Beacon HillStatewide
Beans Café, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
Brother Francis Shelter Kodiak, Inc.Kodiak Island Borough
Choices, Inc.Statewide
Choosing Our RootsAnchorage Municipality
City & Borough of YakutatYakutat
Community Connections, Inc.Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Community Inclusion ServicesKodiak Island Borough
Co-Occurring Disorders Institute, Inc. DBA Compassionate DirectionsMatanuska-Susitna Borough
Covenant House AlaskaAnchorage Municipality
Crossroads Counseling & Training ServicesFairbanks North Star Borough
Early Learning Program/Center for CommunitySitka City and Borough
Fairbanks Rescue Mission, Inc.Fairbanks North Star Borough
Family Centered Services of AlaskaStatewide
Family Promises Of JuneauJuneau City and Borough
FOCUS, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
Hope Community Resources, Inc.Statewide
Interior Alaska Center For Non-Violent LivingFairbanks North Star Borough
JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc.Juneau City and Borough
Juneau Cooperative Christian MinistryJuneau City and Borough
Juneau Youth Services, Inc.Juneau City and Borough
Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis CenterKodiak Island Borough
Love in the Name of Christ of the Tanana ValleyFairbanks North Star Borough
Maniilaq AssociationNorthwest Arctic Borough
Mat-Su Services For Children & Adults, Inc.Matanuska-Susitna Borough
NeighborWorks AlaskaAnchorage Municipality
New Life Development, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
Nome Community Center, Inc.Nome Census Area
Northern Hope CenterFairbanks North Star Borough
Norton Sound Health CorporationNome Census Area
Polaris HouseJuneau City and Borough
Presbyterian Hospitality House, Inc.Fairbanks North Star Borough
Programs for Infants & ChildrenStatewide
Quintessence Planning & Care CoordinationStatewide
REACH, Inc.Southeast Alaska
Restore, Inc. Behavioral Health Rehabilitation ServicesFairbanks North Star Borough
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.Anchorage Municipality
STAR, Inc. (Standing Together Against Rape)Statewide
SeaView Community ServicesKenai Peninsula Borough
Set Free AlaskaKenai Peninsula Borough
South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services, Inc.Kenai Peninsula Borough
Southeast Alaska Independent Living, SAIL, Inc.Sitka City and Borough
Special Olympics Alaska, Inc.Statewide
St. Vincent de Paul Society of JuneauJuneau City and Borough
Talkabout, Inc.Fairbanks North Star Borough
The Assistive Technology Library of AlaskaStatewide
The Tundra Women’s CoalitionBethel Area
The U.R.S. Club of Kenai, AK, Inc.Kenai Peninsula Borough
Volunteers of America AlaskaStatewide

Contact: Allison Biastock, Chief Communications Officer