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Fishermen/Small Businesses: Need help filing for AK Cares Grant monies?

Fishing businesses are now eligible with a fishing permit (in lieu of AK business license). 

from the State of Alaska website:  https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/ded/AKCARESGrant.aspx

Commercial fishermen impacted by COVID-19 who held and fished a Limited Entry Permit or Interim Use Permit issued by the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commissioner (CFEC) and meet the following criteria:

Fishermen who held a Limited Entry Permit or Interim Use Permit in 2019 and 2020, including an embossed gear card, and participated in an open fishery that produced income in 2019

  • Exception: Card Holders who purchased a Limited Entry Permit for the first time in 2020 must have been a crew member in 2019 that actively participated in an open fishery in Alaska to be eligible.

  • Exception: Card holders who emergency transferred their permit in 2019, and are actively fishing in 2020 are eligible.

  • Exception: The temporary permit holder who held Limited Entry Permit(s) by emergency transfer are eligible.


  • Fishermen who engage primarily in Alaskan fisheries.

  • Fishermen whose primary business is commercial fishing.

  • Fishermen with, on average, 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.

  • Fishermen that received a total of $5,000 or less from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).


**Also, businesses that received local /municipal grants may also get the AK CARES grant now.

Who Is NOT Eligible to Apply

  • Marijuana related businesses

  • Businesses that are a secondary income source or part time endeavor

  • Out of State businesses

  • Business that received and kept more than $5,000 from the SBA’s PPP and/or EIDL programs.

  • Business with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees (on average).

  • Businesses that has filed for bankruptcy

  • Businesses who do not otherwise meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Commercial fishermen who did not actively fish in 2019.

  • Commercial fishermen that did not renew their permit and did not receive a gear card for 2020.

  • Commercial fishermen who hold a permit for a fishery that was closed in 2019 and 2020.

  • Commercial fishermen that emergency transferred their permit and did not actively fish themselves in 2019 and/or 2020.

Please feel free to have small businesses sign up for no cost advising at  https://aksbdc.org/business-counseling/  if guidance through the application process is needed.

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