COVID-19 Phase 2 Emergency Grant

Thanks to the support from our film industry community, the Pioneers Assistance Fund is pleased to announce Phase 2 of our COVID-19 relief effort.

Please know that our team of social workers is diligently reviewing applications. Due to the volume of requests, and the individual nature of each application, we ask that you be patient throughout the process.

In order to apply for a COVID-19 Emergency Grant, you MUST meet ALL of the criteria below. Please review ALL of the requirements before you submit an application.


Please Note: Phase 2 grants are open to a larger population of film industry workers than Phase 1. Some individuals who did not qualify for Phase 1, will qualify for Phase 2. Please carefully read the criteria below.

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility:

You must meet ALL of the following:

  • You have worked in theatrical distribution (i.e. a movie studio), exhibition (i.e. a movie theater) or for a vendor exclusive to either sector for a minimum of five (5) recent years.
  • You DO NOT work in the production sector of the motion picture industry (emergency relief for this sector is provided by other industry charities).

Step 2: Confirm your financial need

You must meet ALL of the following:

  • You have been furloughed, you are on reduced pay (50% or more), or laid off due to COVID-19.
  • You have an expense for housing, medical and/or basic household essentials (such as food and toiletries) that you do not have the means to pay.
  • Your housing, medical, or basic household expenses exceed the total amount you are receiving from unemployment, federal stimulus funding or other household income.

Step 3: Submit Online Application

*Note: Before a grant is issued, you will be asked to provide proof of your financial need. A social worker will contact you to determine what documents are necessary.

IMPORTANT: Once you complete the form, click the SAVE button in the bottom right corner of the screen. You will NOT receive an email confirmation. A social worker will contact you in 1 – 2 days.

If you believe there is an error please send an email to or call 888-994-3863 ext 4. Please be patient. We are working hard to keep our response time to 1 -2 business days.