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TCF Access & Operations: COVID-19 Updates
Updated October 21, 2021

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.

Office Access

As of March 18, 2020, The CIRI Foundation office is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Our team is working remotely. 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 our regular services. As we work remotely, our application processes are being adjusted, but 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

Stay Updated

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.

Has COVID-19 impacted your recent coursework?

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.

CIRI Direct Assistance Program

Applications were accepted through October 15, 2021 and the application period has ended.

The CIRI Foundation is not administering funding for CIRI’s Direct Assistance Program. If you have questions or require assistance, call Cook Inlet Tribal Council (907) 891-7222 or email

COVID-19 Resources

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.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

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.

Symptoms of COVID-19

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:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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.