So many Alaska organizations have stepped up to respond during the coronavirus pandemic and so many needs remain. Those looking for support from Rasmuson Foundation should start with a call to 907-297-2700. We will get back to you soon.

Meanwhile, we compiled this list of resources including sources of emergency grants. We will keep updating it, so please let us know when new opportunities emerge. Added July 10: Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund. Read The Alaska Community Foundation announcement here.

Healthcare guidance

  • Feel sick? Call your healthcare provider first — don’t go to the ER.
  • Need a healthcare provider? Call 2-1-1 for referrals.
  • Coronavirus in Alaska: The state Department of Health and Social Services coronavirus response hub includes data, health presentations and more.
  • Track the pandemic: COVID-19 world map and dashboard from Johns Hopkins University.


It is now available in many Alaska communities.

  • Where to be tested: Here is a clickable map to find a location near you.
  • Anchorage, Alaska Native Medical Center: Free testing is open for patients on site.  Individuals can be tested for antibodies, the active virus, or both. For those without symptoms, walk-up and drive-through testing options are available. Protocols differ for those with symptoms, so call your provider or the walk-in clinic at (907) 729-1500.
  • Anchorage, Municipal drive-through: This site at 4115 Lake Otis Parkway offers free testing. A medical referral is not required but individuals must register first and need a reason for being tested such as symptoms or recent out-of-state travel.
  • Anchorage, private clinic: First Care Medical is offering tests for walk-ins. New patients must register first.
  • Southeast Alaska: The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic patients across the region starting July 11 and 12 in Juneau, Wrangell and Sitka, and in other communities later in the month. The testing in Juneau is for tribal members and for all community members elsewhere. Press release here; details to come.
  • Yukon Kuskokwim Delta: Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering free testing for individuals with symptoms.

For individuals and families

Financial help

Food distribution


For organizations

Emergency grants

  • AK Can Do: Statewide COVID-19 relief fund providing emergency grants that target critical services related to coronavirus. Nonprofits can apply here for awards of up to $20,000. Created in partnership with The Alaska Community Foundation, United Way of Anchorage and Rasmuson Foundation.
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority: Emergency grants of up to $25,000 to organizations serving trust beneficiaries including those helping with emergency needs, personal protective equipment, and supplies to prevent coronavirus transmission.
  • Alaska CARES Act: Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 are available first-come, first-served for Alaska small businesses including nonprofits. The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Credit Union 1 have partnered to provide relief.  Businesses that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program are eligible if they received less than $5,000 in PPP funds, according to a recent state announcement. Details, videos and an application are available on the Credit Union 1 site.
  • Community foundations: Local foundations have created their own emergency funds, providing both an avenue for donations and a source of help.
  • Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief FundGo here to learn about this Alaska-specific fund set up to distribute $35 million in grant awards to nonprofits and faith-based organizations.  The Alaska Community Foundation is working in partnership with the state Department of Health and Social Services to administer the funds from Alaska’s CARES Act allocation. Grant awards will generally range from $25,000 to $1 million. The round one deadline for applications  is July 29. Round two deadline is set for Aug. 26, and the final deadline will be Oct. 14.
  • City of Fairbanks is administering Alaska CARES Act grants to businesses in the city.
  • Paycheck Protection Program: A second round of funding has opened with an August 8 deadline for Paycheck Protection Program loans, which are forgiven if employees are quickly rehired or stay on the job. Details are on the federal Small Business Administration website.
  • Sealaska: $1 million relief fund to help Alaska Native communities and nonprofit organizations delivering urgent recovery services.
  • Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund: Donated fees from processing Paycheck Protection Program loans will support nonprofit Community Development Financial Institutions especially those that serve Black- and other minority-owned businesses. Program overview here; deadline for first round is August 7.

Related resources for nonprofits

Grants for artists and arts organizations

For those in crisis

  • Alaska Careline: 1-877-266-HELP (4357)
  • Anchorage Community Mental Health: 907-371-1300
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:  Those quarantined in a dangerous situation can call 1-800-799-7233, or TTY at 1-800-787-3224, or chat at
  • Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living: Programs to prevent domestic violence, sexual assault and suicide. Call to talk with someone: 1-907-452-2293; toll free, 1-800-478-7273.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

For parents and caregivers

Updates and news

Government updates

University of Alaska

University of Alaska: COVID-19 clearinghouse including information on virtual learning, campus status and more.

News coverage of the pandemic

How to help

Consider donating: AK Can Do is the COVID-19 statewide relief fund. You can donate to the general cause or target your gift to either nonprofits or individuals and families. You can even pick the geographic area you want to help.