The Pioneers Assistance Fund delivers financial and emotional support services which includes our dedicated social work team providing support and financial grants that help industry workers overcome barriers from life-altering experiences and by providing support for their families during times of difficulty.
With increasing natural disasters that can create a difficult time for our industry, particularly for workers who will be hit by closures, the Pioneers Assistance Fund is dedicated to those who work in Exhibition, Distribution, and Vendors who work exclusively with Exhibition and Distribution.
If you have been impacted by a recent natural disaster, such as:
- Flood – Heavy Rain
- Hurricane / Typhoon
- Wild Fire
please click on the link below to complete our emergency assistance application.
** Note: If the primary reason for your financial need is related to accident, illness, injury or life-altering circumstances (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) please CLICK HERE to apply for financial assistance.
Please review the information below regarding our Natural Disaster Grant.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A NATURAL DISASTER GRANT:
Minimum five-year employment eligibility has been waived for this grant; a one-time $200 stipend for those impacted by a natural disaster.
Step 1: Confirm your eligibility:
Your primary source of income must come from one of the following:
1. Theatrical Distribution (i.e. a movie studio)
2. Exhibition (i.e. a movie theater – from box office to home office)
3. A Vendor exclusive to either Distribution or Exhibition
4. An I.A.T.S.E. Member working primarily in theatrical entertainment
Step 2: Submit Online Application
** Note: If the primary reason for your financial need is related to COVID-19 (ie. a loss of income due to furlough or reduced pay related to the pandemic) please CLICK HERE for the Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Grant.
The California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program brings immediate, short-term relief to those who have lost their homes as a result of fire and other natural disasters throughout California.
Frontline firefighters can provide SAVE gift cards, valued at $250, directly into the hands of fire and natural disaster victims. With a SAVE card in hand, victims of disaster can purchase basic necessities including food, clothing, medicine or temporary shelter.
Corazón Healdsburg, named after the city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, supports people displaced by the fires by providing gas cards, food, camping supplies, shelter or masks. The organization also provides information to families in the area about evacuation orders and how to stay safe.
Medford Neighborhood Church, near Phoenix, Ore., a city devastated by the Almeda Fire, is raising funds to help those who have been displaced. Operations have been moved from the church grounds to the Expo, an events center in Central Point, where other organizations had set up relief assistance and cots.
They are giving out gift cards of between $25 to $50 to those in need, most of whom have been farm workers and older adults on retirement.
Unete, an advocacy organization for immigrants, is collecting donations and will distribute the money directly to families to help with basic needs like food, gas, housing costs or other essentials.
Rogue Retreat provides temporary housing to homeless people. The organization is also giving away clothing to people forced to leave their homes.
Washington State Fires
Project Beauty Share is collecting and distributing hygiene products such as shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes, body soap, deodorant and razors for those affected by the nearby Cold Spring and Pearl Hill Fires in Omak, Washington.
Hurricanes Laura and Sally
The Cajun Navy, a nonprofit, citizen-led disaster response team, is working to rescue those who are stranded and get them critical supplies. Its most urgent needs are for cleaning materials, rubber boots, insect spray, bleach, wipes, gloves, masks and disinfectant.
SBP (originally named St. Bernard Project) is asking for local volunteers and donations, which will go to supplies for home rebuilding, and P.P.E. for their team members and other needs.
The Houston Food Bank has dozens of trucks packed with food prepared to dispatch once conditions allow.
In Texas, Austin Disaster Relief is seeking donations to assist in getting evacuees settled temporarily into Austin hotels. It is also distributing basic supplies like toiletries, hygiene kits and clothing.