Funding for Subsistence Fishers affected by COVID

The application to apply for Alaska CARES Act Fisheries Assistance for Subsistence Users has finally been released.  Please see the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission website (link below) for more information – the application is attached.

There is a deadline (postmarked by 5/21/21 or uploaded by 5pm 5/28/21) and you must certify that you and your family “incurred a negative impact on their ability to access subsistence fishery resources in 2020 that was directly and/or indirectly related to COVID-19.”

Jennifer Hooper
Natural Resources Director
Association of Village Council Presidents
PO Box 219, Bethel, AK 99559
(907) 543-7471

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths

Release Date Release Number
March 24, 2021 HQ-21-071
WASHINGTON — In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral
expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help
ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was
finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance
program nationwide. or

“At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters,” said Acting FEMA
Administrator Bob Fenton. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many
people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help
with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.”

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  • If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
  • An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  • The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  • Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States. The death certificate mush indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
  • Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.

For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance or
Related Links
Funeral Assistance FAQ


Check Your Eligibility for New Rent Relief (via AHFC not NVN) AVCP RHA!

– – Note: This program not administered by Napaimute. Must go through AHFC in conjunction with AVCP RHA

(follow instructions below)  The application period closes to new applications at 11:59 pm Alaska time on March 5, 2021

Are you an Alaskan renter struggling to pay rent or utilities? Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) will administer up to $200 million in federal funds to eligible Alaskan renters through Alaska Housing Rent Relief. This new program provides up to 12 months of rent and/or utility relief to eligible Alaskans.

Check Your Eligibility – through AHFC (Alaska Housing Finance Corporation)

  • For direct assistance, call or text “relief” to (833) 440-0420 toll free.

The application period opens on February 16th and you can check your eligibility today. Complete the short questionnaire linked below and if you meet the criteria, you will be invited to pre-register for the application period when it opens for qualifying Alaskans. Even if you’ve received rent relief from AHFC in the past, you can apply for this new program! Click the Link below to check your eligibility & pre-register:

What Happens If You’re Eligible & Pre-Registered

After submitting your application, we encourage you to sign up to receive announcements about the program, and to share information about Alaska Housing Rent Relief with others! 

For More Information

Three forms of COVID-19 and CDC Assistance Remain!

Time running out to apply for COVID-19 Assistance! Three main programs below (Deadline 12/29 – 12/31 actual):

MAIN Application for Assistance:

Application for Energy Assistance:

Application for COVID-19 Test Reimbursement: see Napaimute Application COVID-19 CDC Test Reimbursement 2020 below:

Napaimute Application COVID-19 CDC Test Reimbursement 2020 

Please have applications turned in to by 12/29 (in order to process by 12/31)!

Job Announcement Napaimute Brownfields Coordinator Position, Closes 12/18/2020

JOB TITLE:               Brownfields Coordinator

APPOINTMENT:       Permanent Part-Time, minimum of 30 hrs./wk.

PAY RANGE:            $20.00 – 25.00/hr., (DOE)

LOCATION:              Aniak Alaska, or telework arrangement


The Native Village of Napaimute Environmental Department is seeking a Brownfields Program Coordinator. The Coordinator will lead the Tribal Brownfields Response Program in accordance with the EPA approved Work Plan.


Communicate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Alaska State DEC (ADEC) regarding the implementation of the Tribe’s Brownfields grant; develop workplans, budgets and maintain all program records. Produce e-newsletter, social media posts, reports, and pamphlets related to Brownfields activities.

Work with other Tribal Organizations that receive EPA Brownfields funds to coordinate and collaborate on site inventory and potential remediation activities. Develop and maintain a Regional public database of potential Brownfield sites, plan and conduct site investigations with cooperating organizations.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Physical – Ability to; sit, stand or walk for long periods of time, capable of lifting a minimum of 30 pounds, spend upwards of 1-3 hours traveling in small aircraft, boats, or on a snow machine, speak and present to a diverse group of people in formal settings.

Education – A HS diploma (or equivalent), and 1 year of post-HS education at an accredited university, trade school, or enrollment in a technical trade program. Closely related work experience may be substituted for the post-HS education requirements.

Experience – One year of experience in project planning, oversight, management, or public administration.

Driver’s License –  A valid State of Alaska driver’s license, or ability to obtain one.


This position will have access to confidential information.

This position does not have access to, and will not handle Napaimute Tribe funds.

The candidate must pass a background check, with a finding of no felony convictions.

Hiring priority will be afforded to Napaimute Tribal Members.

For detailed information about the position visit our website at:

How to Apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Dan Gillikin, Environmental Director

Email:, Fax: 1-855-270-2002, or mail PO Box 352 Aniak, AK 99557.


Announcement: NVN Brownfield Coordinator announcement_2021

Detailed Position Description: NVN Brownfield Coordinator PD_2021