Disaster Relief Fund and COVID-19 Relief

Frequently Asked Questions

We updated our FAQs on April 2, 2021

As our staff continues to work from home during this unprecedented global pandemic, our ability to answer questions in a timely manner may be affected, so we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions with answers that should help you find your way.

Union Questions

Can we have our dues payment deadline pushed back?

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is not the union. We’re an independently run nonprofit organization that offers education and assistance to SAG-AFTRA members. For questions regarding your membership and dues, you’ll need to contact SAG-AFTRA to answer this question. See the back of your member ID card. You can also find contact information through their website.

 

Is SAG-AFTRA able to extend our health insurance coverage due to these circumstances?

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is not the union. We’re an independently run nonprofit organization that offers education and assistance to SAG-AFTRA members. For questions regarding your health insurance, you will need to contact SAG-AFTRA P&H. You can also find contact information through their website.

 

What opportunities do you have for non-union actors?

We do have a YouTube Channel which hosts more than 1,000 of our Conversations Q&As and The Business panels. Our recorded archive is available to everyone regardless of union status. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel here.

Disaster Relief Fund and COVID-19 Relief Grants

Who is eligible to receive these grants?

Any SAG-AFTRA member paid up on their dues up to October 2019 or any member who joined SAG-AFTRA thereafter and is currently paid up on their dues is eligible to apply for COVID-19 Relief, and further documentation will be required to prove the urgent need.

For Disaster Relief, any SAG-AFTRA member paid up on their dues up to October 2019 or any member who joined SAG-AFTRA thereafter and is currently paid up on their dues to apply who can demonstrate urgent, emergency needs, including loss of housing, evacuation or emergency medical needs directly related to a natural disaster, including wildfires, hurricanes and floods.

Learn more here.

 

Are child actors eligible too?

Our Disaster Relief Fund is open to eligible SAG-AFTRA members of all ages. Learn more here.

 

How do I apply for a Disaster Relief grant?

We have a Disaster Relief Fund for eligible SAG-AFTRA members in urgent need who have been impacted by COVID-19, as well as SAG-AFTRA members who have experienced loss of housing, evacuation or emergency medical needs directly related to a natural disaster, including recent floods in Tennessee and Kentucky.

For more information and to apply, please visit our Disaster Relief Fund page on our website. Our Disaster Relief Fund is being administered by the social workers at the Actors Fund for us. Please follow the instructions on our website and complete the application as well as have all documents required when you submit your claim as incomplete information will only slow down your processing and that of others.

 

Are the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund and the Actors Fund’s Relief Program the same?

These are two separate organizational funds with different eligibility requirements, but both are being administered by the Actors Fund. The eligibility requirements for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund/COVID-19 Relief grants are outlined above. The Actors Fund Relief eligibility requirements can be found on their website.

 

Can I speak to someone immediately about my situation?

Unfortunately, with many members in similar circumstances, we are not able to handle the volume of calls. Please email assistance@sagaftra.foundation with questions. 

 

Have you received my application? I haven’t heard anything yet.

We are receiving many requests for aid and are working to process applications as fast as we can. Applications are taking approximately one week to process. Please be patient as the case workers are working tirelessly to ensure you’re taken care of as urgently as possible. There is no way to check the current status of your application currently. But we promise you someone will get back to you when your case is being reviewed.

 

I submitted a form online for emergency financial assistance for COVID-19, but did not upload the documentation. Can I reapply?

If you have submitted an application without documentation, do not reapply, a social worker will reach out to you when your application is being processed in case something is missing.

 

I am out of work but can pay bills for another month or so. At what point should I apply for COVID-19 Relief?

We encourage you to wait to submit your application when you have all required documentation that will show you are in immediate need. Please apply when you need help.

 

How will I receive the grant funds?

Grants will be distributed via Chase QuickPay®. You will receive an email requesting transfer information for Chase QuickPay. Please exercise all normal caution when giving out your information.

Concerns about COVID-19 Relief Fundraising

Why are you asking for a donation when I need help?

The Foundation wants all SAG-AFTRA members to know that we are here to help. If you need help, ask. However, we are also encouraging members who can help to give a donation as we are one community, who looks after one another. If you need help ask, if you can help, give.

 

Are A-List actors making donations to support those less fortunate?

Many of the high earners in SAG-AFTRA have made significant contributions to the COVID-19 Relief Fund and are supporting their own community, as well as several industry partners, studios, and organizations. You can read more about our fundraising efforts here.