As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is actively monitoring protocols and mandates. In an effort to prevent further spread and protect both TCF’s participants and team members, TCF is making changes to the way we provide our services.
As of March 18, 2020, The CIRI Foundation office is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. At this time, limited TCF team members are in office during weekdays. We encourage you to continue to contact us over email and utilize technology to complete your applications and engage with TCF. Please be patient as it may take us more time to respond to emails, calls, and applications.
The CIRI Foundation is continuing regular services and our deadlines are not impacted. Current applicants are encouraged to continue using our online application to apply. If you are applying for funding with a program that uses paper applications, please submit them by emailing your applications to email@example.com.
The measures that TCF is currently taking are temporary, but because the situation is constantly changing, it is important to stay updated. Please continue to check our homepage for updates and follow TCF on Facebook for regular updates.
TCF realizes there are a number of difficulties that have occurred during your past term or recent coursework related to COVID-19, including changes to schedules, course availability, adaption to online courses, campus closures and other unforeseen impacts.
In an effort to address COVID-19’s impact on TCF scholarship and grant recipients, TCF has created a COVID-19 Impact Form to assist with the notification process.
Please submit a COVID-19 Impact Form to TCF as soon as possible, you do not need to wait to submit an application to submit the form. Next, if you are continuing with coursework, please apply at the next appropriate TCF scholarship or grant deadline, as you normally would.
If you are not planning to continue coursework or training at this time but were impacted by COVID-19, please submit the impact form so documentation is on file if you decide to apply in the future.
Everyone is impacted and our thoughts are with the students, artists, culture bearers, and other members of our community who are experiencing challenges. Though this list is not comprehensive, there are new resources arising every day to help those in need during this time. Please note, TCF does not claim ownership of resources we didn’t create. We are also not sharing any of this as legal advice or provide any guarantees about these resources. We are doing our best to only share information we have used or found educational.
- Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education COVID-19 Changes
- Federal Student Aid Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students
- Nerdwallet: 7 Kinds of COVID-19 Relief for College Students
- University of Alaska Coronavirus Information and Resources
- U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Student Voice Coronavirus Resources for Students and Teachers
- Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation Resources
- Artist Relief: Grants for Artists
- Artwork Archive Resources for artists During COVID-19
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Creative Capital Arts Resources During COVID-19
- National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources
- The NDN COVID-19 Response Project
- Rasmuson Foundation Resources
It is important to remain calm and stay informed as the situation evolves. With that in mind, here are ways that you can help limit the spread of illness:
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Practice social distancing – this means avoiding extended periods with groups of more than 10.
Please stay advised using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your state’s Department of Health and Human Services, or local government if abroad, for the most up to date information regarding the Coronavirus. It affects all of us and we owe it to each other to protect ourselves, others, and avoid misinformation.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium also has information for local Alaskans seeking guidance.