FAQs

Native Village of Kotzebue COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The Native Village of Kotzebue has received funding to prepare for, prevent and/or respond to the novel coronavirus, better known as COVID-19. This document is to answer questions tribal members may have regarding the funding and how it is being used. This information will be updated regularly to ensure tribal members have access to answers to frequently asked questions.

What is the best way to get information regarding the CARES Act activities and support?

Please visit the website www.qiracovid.org for the most up to date information.

How much did the Native Village of Kotzebue receive from the federal government?

The Native Village of Kotzebue received three (3) pots of funding:

  1. Department of Interior, Self-Governance: Office of Information Policy (OIP) CARES Act Tribal Supplemental funding - $1,250,319. 
  2. United States Treasury, CARES Act Tribal Allocation Funds:
    1. First distribution received: $7,723,930
    2. Second distribution received: $141,057.12
  3. Welfare Assistance CV Distribution expected to be $35,914.

What can the money be used for?

Department of Interior, Self-Governance: Office of Information Policy (OIP) CARES Act Supplemental Funding is to be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to coronavirus issues, including paying for some public safety services; deep cleaning of facilities; purchase of personal protective equipment and information technology to improve teleworking capabilities; and social services programs.

United States Treasury, CARES Act Tribal Allocation Funds may only be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to coronavirus issues that:

  • Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with COVID-19
  • Were not accounted for in the most recently approved budget as of March 27, 2020
  • Were incurred during the period from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020

Welfare Assistance CV Distribution is to be used to expand/enhance our existing programs.

When does the money have to be spent by?

Department of Interior, Self-Governance: Office of Information Policy (OIP) CARES Act Supplemental Funding must be spent by September 30, 2021.

United States Treasury, CARES Act Tribal Allocation Funds must be spent by December 30, 2020

Welfare Assistance CV Distribution must be spent by September 30, 2021.

How are tribal members directly benefiting from these funds?

Tribal members will directly benefit from the funds in many ways. There will be a community clean-up, cleaning/sanitation supply distribution, and financial assistance. Other projects are still in development and will be announced as they are confirmed.

Do I have to apply for the financial assistance?

Yes. Tribal members can go to the qiracovid.org website and download the application. This documentation of need will be used to verify that our members are receiving funds for any financial hardship due to COVID-19.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility is determined by active enrollment in the Native Village of Kotzebue on or before April 1, 2020.

Why is there an April 1, 2020 requirement?

The CARES Act went into effect on March 27, 2020. Funding was given to the tribe based off enrollment numbers at that time.

Will I receive benefits if I wasn’t enrolled by April 1, 2020?

Yes but in different capacities. Tribal Members not enrolled by the April 1, 2020 requirement will benefit in other ways from the CARES Act funding. Job opportunities are available during this time, cleaning supplies will be made available for each household, the community wide clean-up effort will benefit all residents of Kotzebue, and additional projects will be coming down the line.

The Native Village of Kotzebue is involved in many community initiatives and the goal is to implement improvements that will be sustainable beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are considering enrolling in the Native Village of Kotzebue, you are encouraged to do so in the event that additional funding is made available.

Who can I call regarding the CARES Act related projects?

For more information on the CARES Act related projects, please call the Native Village of Kotzebue Project Manager at 907-442-3467 or click below to ask questions or provide feedback.