Emergency Assistance

During times of crisis, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Emergency Assistance program provides financial assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their families for basic expenses, including but not limited to rent, utilities and car insurance.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Emergency Assistance fund is available to eligible SAG-AFTRA members who live west of the Mississippi in the following locals: Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona-Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston/Austin.

SAG-AFTRA members who live east of the Mississippi must contact the Actors Fund to inquire about the MPPWF Emergency Assistance Grants which are facilitated by the Actors Fund. The SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (SAG-AFTRA MPPWF) provides emergency financial assistance and enhances the welfare, training, education and artistic life of the performer.  SAG-AFTRA MPPWF emergency financial assistance is available to members in the New York region and the following locals:  Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Michigan, Missouri Valley, Nashville, New England, New Orleans, New York, Ohio-Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Twin Cities and Washington-Mid Atlantic.

To be eligible, a SAG-AFTRA member must be active for at least five years and have earned $15,000 over the last five years. Active members over the age of 55 who have earned $2000 per year for 10 years are eligible to apply. Members who are on Honorable Withdrawal who meet one of these eligibility requirements may apply.

Terminated, suspended payment or fee-paying non-members are not eligible to apply.

The Emergency Assistance application process is completely confidential.

Emergency Assistance is made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships. The Foundation never draws on SAG-AFTRA dues or initiation fees.

Give your support to the Emergency Assistance program.

Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs, 323-549-6773