(UPDATED NOVEMBER 18, 2020)
The storytelling community has been dealt a hard blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. If not affected by the illness itself, many in our community have been hard hit by the economic consequences of this virus. While this pandemic’s reach has been wide and demanding of attention, we realize that there are many times when storytellers need relief. The Storyteller Relief Fund is established as an ongoing fund to extend relief to storytellers with urgent financial needs due to any national, regional, local, or personal emergency, disaster, or loss.
The Storyteller Relief Fund, administered by Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST), receives donations and disburses funds to help storytellers in urgent need of funds from the cancellation of storytelling programs due to any major disaster or emergency. If you are a storyteller and have experienced a loss of income from your storytelling business due to any national or local or personal disaster, please read the guidelines below and submit your application.
1 - What type of expenses can be reimbursed?
This fund aims to offer financial relief as well as further support with resource guidance. The fund is limited, and is designed to offer relief ranging from $100 to $300, according to need. The funds granted are to cover immediate, urgent survival expenses, including:
Medications and medical bills
Businesses expenses to replace, re-establish, and/or sustain an existing storytelling business.
Funding will NOT be granted to cover:
Education expenses, such as college fees, workshop fees, or training courses.
Business expansion expenses.
2 - What are the qualifications?
Applicants should have a permanent residence in the United States, District of Columbia, or a U.S. Territory.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate past, current, and ongoing activity in the storytelling profession. To cut down on paperwork, applicants will not have to supply documentation to support this, but may be contacted by phone or email for verification.
Applicants must fill out all of the requested information in the application.
3 - How do I apply?
There are two available versions of the SRF Application. The first is a Fillable .PDF, but you will need to have either Adobe Acrobat or at least a "Fillable .PDF"-capable App installed to complete it. Download, and then carefully fill out the Application after saving it to your computer or mobile device. If you cannot complete the .PDF version, then please download and use the basic Word Document version (in either Word or Open Office, etc.). Please note that, depending on your browser & OS, you may not get a notice that the file has been downloaded, so please check your Downloads Folder for it, before trying again.
Give your best answer to each pertinent question, going into as much detail as necessary. Treat every question as though it is required (except for the last four). Make sure to enter "None, Zero, 0, or N/A" in fields that you have no other answer for. The four optional questions at the end are intended solely to help us create an organization that is Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible. Each one has a "Prefer not to answer" choice, and no funding decisions will be based on the responses (or lack thereof) to any of these last four questions. When you are done, make sure to save the document as “SRF_Appl_Your_Name.pdf”, and then please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no deadline. Applications will be reviewed and funds will be released on a rolling basis after each regularly scheduled Storyteller Relief Committee application review meeting.
4 - How are the funds approved and disbursed?
Applications will be reviewed by the Storyteller Relief Fund Committee, which is composed of a diverse cross-section of the storytelling community. The Committee will use its discretion to determine which applications can be funded based on urgency and availability of funds. We know we cannot help everyone to the extent that help is needed. Applicants will be directed to additional resources as needed and available.
Upon approval, the committee will notify the ASST Treasurer. ASST will disburse the funds to the applicant either by check or payment via PayPal.
Questions in regard to the guidelines and application process can be directed to:
Storyteller Relief Fund Committee Chair
Nicolette Nordin Heavey
ASST, and by extension the Storyteller Relief Fund Committee, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, staff selection, committee selection, and provision of services and funding.
Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST) is qualified as a charitable organization under Section501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.