Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson got her on June 22 when the Anchorage Assembly approved her request to award nearly $8.8 million in federal grants to a select group of Anchorage-based non-profits for loosely defined services “related to COVID.” Requesting the funding distribution was one of the acting mayor’s final acts before she vacates the mayor’s office for duly elected Dave Bronson. He takes over on July 1.

The multi-million dollar handouts come from federal funds that the State of Alaska issued to the Anchorage Health Department with the aim of improving 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.”

The following groups received funding.

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.

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Acting mayor gets wish: Anchorage Assembly gives $8.8M to 5 groups for COVID ‘related’ services

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • robespierre says:

    Thats called money laundering. The outreach will occur via phone banking campaigns in the Assembly elections in April.

  • Mo says:

    Soon to follow: 50′ bronze statue in her likeness to be erected atop flatop.

  • Ralph says:

    Go back to California! No one wants you here ruining Alaska too.
    The ship sank so the Rats jumped ship.. too bad she landed here =[

  • Helena Handbasket says:

    Bronson cannot get into office soon enough.

  • Rick says:

    Proof reading wouldn’t kill you.

  • Char Lewis says:

    Sick what about the Community helping our local people there are hard-working people out there that are so far behind on your bills trying to catch up and having your credit go to shit all because of the Hypocritical Covid or coronavirus how many names does it have! My point is is these conspiracy theories out there are really starting to add up and look real! Sad