How to apply for a $500 ‘CordovaCash’ card

First Street. (Sept. 22, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Cordova residents can apply to receive “CordovaCash” payment cards as part of a $1 million stimulus program approved by the city Wednesday, Sept. 16. Applications can be made online at cityofcordova.net/cashcards/ or between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday at the Cordova Center. The deadline for residents to apply is Oct. 16.

The payment cards, intended to mitigate economic hardship caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, can be used at participating businesses in Cordova. Successful applicants will receive cards worth $500, plus $500 for the applicant’s spouse or partner, and $300 for each dependent. An applicant must have a physical address in Cordova and intend to reside in the community throughout the coming winter season. An applicant may be required to confirm their residency with a utility bill, lease agreement or other document.

Businesses wishing to participate in the CordovaCash program must possess credit-card processing capabilities and accept Visa. Businesses can apply to participate at cityofcordova.net/cashcards/ or at the Cordova Center with a deadline of Oct. 16. Payment processing services like PayPal and Square can be used to accept Visa payments.

Payment cards will be distributed during the second week of November and will remain valid for one year after activation, according to an announcement by the city. Questions can be directed to the city at cordovacash@cityofcordova.net or 907-424-6200, or to the Cordova Chamber of Commerce at 907-424-7260.