SMNC CARES Act Relief Grant Application

Deadline Originally November 15, 2021, now extended December 15, 2021 

Review Carefully Before Completing Your Application
 

The St. Mary’s Native Corporation (“SMNC”) CARES Act Relief Grant Program (“Program”) will provide eligible SMNC shareholders with a one-time payment of up to $400 to assist with unreimbursed expenses and/or loss of income incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020, and the application deadline of November 15, 2021 (extended to December 15, 2021). To qualify for the one-time payment, you must:
 

- Be an “Eligible Applicant.” An Eligible Applicant is someone who:

  • Is 18 years of age or older, and is a Shareholder of SMNC

 

- Have or had unreimbursed financial hardships in the form of extra expenses and/or loss of income directly arising from the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020 and the application deadline of November 15, 2021 (extended to December 15, 2021). Extra expenses and/or loss of income due to COVID-19 include:
 

  • Financial Hardships. This includes financial losses resulting from job loss, decreased work hours, furlough, unpaid leave (including, but not limited, to time off work to care for family members due to the pandemic), lost small business income, lost rental income, and other similar costs.

  • Housing Hardships. This includes a current or previous need (between March 1, 2020 and November 15, 2021 [extended to December 15, 2021]) for housing assistance to avoid foreclosure or eviction due to financial hardship.

  • Utility Hardships. This includes increased household expenses because of the need to stay at home, isolate, and/or adhere to public health mandates and recommendations issued in response to COVID-19, including electricity, gas, propane, firewood, water, sewer, waste disposal, internet, and phone.

  • Food / Nutritional Hardships. This includes expenses due to the increased cost of food, groceries, and/or meals and nutrition necessary for your health while following public health mandates and recommendations related to COVID-19. It includes increased expenses related to food security issues caused by supply-chain issues, such as purchasing subsistence materials (e.g., fishing gear; bullets; buckets; canning supplies; and other subsistence-related costs).

  • Quarantine / Isolation Hardships. This includes costs incurred as a result of public health mandates or recommendations issued in response to COVID-19, including costs to quarantine, self-isolate, obtain personal protective equipment, masks, cleaning supplies, and similar items.

  • Childcare / Dependent Hardships. This includes increased expenses for child or dependent care due to school, daycare, or programming closures, and/or expenses related to online learning and/or maintaining and supporting the educational needs of school-age children (including post-secondary school) because of changes made by schools in response to COVID-19.

  • Medical-Related Hardships. This includes expenses for COVID-19 testing and medical treatment, expenses for medical and protective supplies, including, but not limited to, cleaning/sanitizing products and personal protective equipment (masks/gloves).

  • Transportation Hardships. This includes additional expenses for transportation because of COVID-19.

  • Other. Please attach an explanation for any claimed unreimbursed hardships not listed above.

- Have not received full payment or full reimbursement for these expenses and/or losses of income by any other Alaska Native Corporation, CARES Act Program, or any other federal, state, tribal, or local government, and will not be fully paid or reimbursed through any other pending applications. For example, if you lost your job and already received full payment/reimbursement from another source for that loss, you may not claim the same loss a second time with SMNC. Only consider hardships that you have not received full payment or reimbursement for.

- Submit a completed application. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2021. Completed applications received by the deadline may take up to 30 days to process. Each Eligible Applicant should submit only one program application.

 

If you believe that you qualify for the SMNC CARES Act Relief Grant Program as indicated herein, please take note of the following additional information:

  • Completed applications may be submitted by November 15, 2021 at the close of business. Failure to submit the required information will delay processing and may cause the application to be denied.

  • Submitting an application does not guarantee payment. All decisions as to eligibility shall be made in SMNC’s sole discretion.

  • Receiving funds under this program may impact other needs-based benefit programs you receive and can cause tax consequences. Please consult with your program case worker or the appropriate agency or your tax advisor for benefit related or tax-related questions or concerns. SMNC cannot offer advice or assistance regarding the tax or public assistance impact of receiving funds through this program.

  • Applicants must agree to keep documentation of the expenses that are paid with, or reimbursed by, these one-time payments and, if requested, must assist SMNC during that period by providing copies of the documentation or any information needed to verify the expenses. Failure to do so may result in the Eligible Applicant being responsible for reimbursement of funds received.

  • Approved payments will be mailed in check form.

  • If you have any questions, please contact us at info@stmnc.net or by phone at either office.

  • Shareholders may apply online at www.stmnc.net, by emailing their completed application to info@stmnc.net, or by faxing their completed application to 907-302-1725. If applicants need to submit their application in person, please call either office to schedule a time.

 

St. Mary’s Office
100 Yup’ik Rd
St. Mary’s, AK 99658
Office: (907) 438-2315

Anchorage Office
840 K St Ste 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: (907) 302-0750
Fax: (907) 302-1725

Section A - Personal Information

I certify that I am:

Section B - Financial Hardship Assessment

I have reviewed the list of expenses and/or loss of income provided on the SMNC CARES Act Relief Program Details and certify that I have experienced one or more of the following between March 1, 2020, and November 15, 2021 (extended to December 15, 2021) and have not been fully reimbursed (and will not be fully reimbursed through any pending application) by other payments or reimbursements from any other Alaska Native Corporation(s), CARES Act Program, or any other federal, state, tribal, or local government assistance program for these same expenses and/or losses of income due to:

Check all that apply:

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Section C - Certifications and Acknowledgments (Please Review Thoroughly)

Section C – Certifications and Acknowledgments (Please Review Thoroughly)
1. I am an Eligible Applicant as defined on the SMNC CARES Act Relief Grant Program Details, and all information contained in this application is true and complete to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief.
2. I authorize SMNC to take all actions it deems necessary to verify my eligibility.
3. I certify that the unreimbursed financial hardships I have identified above in Section B meet or exceed the one time payment amount of up to $400. If less than this amount, attach an explanation.
4. I certify that I have not received full payment or full reimbursement for the same expenses, losses of income, or financial hardships for which I am seeking assistance for from any other Alaska Native Corporation, CARES Act Program (e.g., the Paycheck Protection Program), or federal, state, tribal or local government.
5. I understand that receipt of assistance funds may impact my eligibility to receive certain public/welfare assistance benefits and that the tax consequences of receiving grant funds, if any, depend on my individual circumstances and understand that SMNC cannot advise me in this regard.
6. I agree to keep reasonable documentation of the expenses for which any funds under this program are received and, upon request, to assist SMNC by providing copies of that documentation and any further information necessary to verify the information I have submitted relative to those expenses. I understand that any misrepresentations or inaccuracies in the information provided or my failure to keep all documentation of expenses may result in the need for me to repay assistance funds.
7. I agree to waive any and all claims against SMNC and its agents arising out of or in any way relating this application and any resulting payments thereunder.