In one of her final acts before relinquishing the title of “acting mayor,” Austin Quinn-Davidson has asked the Anchorage Assembly to approve nearly $8.8 million in federal grants to a handful of non-profits for services “related to COVID.” The money comes from federal funds that the State of Alaska issued to the Anchorage Health Department to address COVID.
The purpose of the grants is to improve COVID testing and vaccination and decrease health inequities. It also contains a catch-all purpose of funding “other COVID-19 related recovery and prevention strategies.”
Quinn-Davidson requests will be considered at the Assembly’s June 22 meeting, just nine days before Dave Bronson takes over as mayor on July 1. If approved the money would go to the following groups.
Alaska Literacy Program
- $238,937 to work with English language learners to “increase trust of the COVID-19 vaccine,” to assist with vaccine access, and to provide “accurate health information.”
Alaska Black Caucus
- $1,154,500 for community outreach, education, data collection, vaccine clinics and “other services” related to COVID.
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
- $2,447,984 to support staff training, facility renovation, equipment and technology upgrades, client engagement to improve COVID vaccine, testing and mitigation efforts.
Conquer Covid Coalition
- $1,260,000 for public engagement campaigns and increase testing and vaccinations.
United Way of Anchorage
- $3,682,417 which the group can regrant to other organization that it deems in need of COVID related funding.