Emergency Assistance

ATTENTION: The Emergency Assistance program will be shut down starting Friday December 20th thru January 1st, 2020 due to office closure for the holidays.


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 Foundation’s Emergency Assistance Program also offers case management services to SAG-AFTRA members provided through the Director of Social Services who is able to provide support, information, and/or referrals to community agencies based on need and the circumstances surrounding a member’s emergency request.

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, one must be an active SAG-AFTRA member and is required to have paid dues for the last eight (8) dues periods.

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