COVID-19 Relief Funding Available for CIRI Shareholders and Descendants

Direct Assistance Program provides economic relief for eligible individuals

CIRI shareholders and descendants who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 can now access direct financial assistance through CITC.

Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) has designated CITC to implement the Direct Assistance Program, which provides economic relief for CIRI shareholders, descendants and dependents. The Direct Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible CIRI shareholders and descendants who have experienced additional expenses and/or loss of revenue related to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021.

“We are excited to partner with CIRI to administer the Direct Assistance Program to CIRI shareholders and descendants,” said Holly Morales, senior director for CITC’s Employment and Training Services Department. “We know this will provide much needed help to families who are facing challenges due to the pandemic.”

Individuals who need to access assistance through the new program can begin submitting applications on September 1, 2021.

The Direct Assistance Program is administered by CITC and funded through CIRI’s allocation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. This funding allows CIRI to provide cash assistance directly to CIRI shareholders and descendants who experienced negative financial impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic that have not been paid by or reimbursed by any other Alaska Native corporation, CARES Act Program or federal, state, tribal or local government.

Through the program, eligible CIRI shareholders and descendants over the age of 18 may qualify to apply for up to $1,500 for themselves and up to $500 for each eligible dependent under the age of 18. The application period runs from September 1 to October 15, or until all funds are expended.

For more information about program requirements, eligibility, and application directions, please visit