The public charity Broadcasters Foundation of America issued a press release Monday offering assistance to laid-off broadcasting staff. The organization is offering one-time grants of up to $1,000 to broadcasters who have faced extreme financial hardship due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effect on the broadcasting industry. At this time, to be considered for the program, applicants must fit the below criteria:
- Applicant must be or have been a direct employee of an over-the-air, radio and/or television broadcasting company.
- Applicant must be infected or have been infected with COVID-19
- Applicant must be out of work or have lost wages due to COVID-19
- Applicant must be in acute financial need due to hardships from COVID-19
Because the COVID-19 Pandemic is an evolving situation, the Foundation is unable to predict the number of emergency grant applications it will receive. If the volume exceeds the Foundation’s capacity to respond, it may establish guidelines so that grants will go to those whose need is the most compelling. Any such guidelines will be posted on their website. There is an “APPLY FOR HELP” link provided for interested applicants.