We’re leaning into the strength of our community during this uncertain time. Photo: Melisa Cardona.
Within our ROOTS Community, a relief fund has been a long-envisioned support for members who find themselves in need of immediate, no-strings-attached funds. As the impact of COVID-19 is felt throughout our membership, this fund is becoming a reality, but its purpose is broader than this current crisis. The Solidarity Fund provides financial assistance to ROOTS members experiencing financial need including – but not limited to – loss related to COVID-19, theft, natural disaster, health emergency, or an inability to pay an outstanding bill.
Our mission calls us to support artists and cultural workers, strive to eliminate all forms of oppression, and commit ourselves to social and economic justice. This is our charge – the collective work we are called to do, the right work at the right time. The Solidarity Fund is one more step in more fully living out our mission.
As we launch the Solidarity Fund, we are also looking to replenish it, and enthusiastically welcome your contributions. Click here to donate!
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
To be eligible to apply for the Solidarity Fund, ALL of the following must be true for you:
- You have been a General or Voting Member between January 1, 2015-March 16, 2020. (Meaning: you have paid dues at least once between January 1, 2015-March 16, 2020.) And/or: you have participated in ROOTS events, programs, or services in the past.
- You are 18 years or older.
- You have experienced an unexpected financial hardship.
HOW MUCH CAN I REQUEST?
With the Solidarity Fund, we aim to be radical in our approach to sharing the collective financial resources that we as an organization steward. Our hope is that the fund can support as many members as possible. To that end:
- Ask for what you need. We initially set a request range of $100-$2500, but decided to see what happened if we kept this more open-ended.
- You can re-apply for the fund, as needed.
- We ask that members request the funds they need to stabilize while being mindful of your neighbors and the fact that we are a community experiencing a global crisis.
We will revisit these guidelines in the first months of the program, and may shift things as we better understand the needs of our community and the resources available to us.
HOW WILL REQUESTS BE REVIEWED & FUNDS DISPERSED?
Requests will be reviewed by Alternate ROOTS on a weekly, rolling basis until they are depleted. Thursday at 12 pm EST is the cut off to be reviewed in that week’s batch of applications.
Unfunded requests and requests received after that time will roll over to the following week.
After each week’s applications have been reviewed, we anticipate it will take 7-10 days for funds to be dispersed to members. Funds can be dispersed via multiple modes: direct deposit, check, payment apps. Please see details in our Payment Information Sheet linked HERE. For questions about payment, please contact Aimee McCoy at email@example.com or via phone at 404-577-1079 ext 302.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Please fill out the form below, which we have kept as simple as possible. If necessary, applications may be filled out by friends or family on behalf of the ROOTS member. If you cannot use a computer to complete the application, please call the Alternate ROOTS staff at 404-577-1079. Voice messages will be returned within 24 hours Monday-Friday.
Requests will be reviewed by a small number of staff. All individual requests and personal information will be kept confidential. The cumulative, anonymous data may be shared to help us garner more resources for the fund, or as data in legislative advocacy efforts to fight for stronger government support of artists and gig economy workers.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-577-1079. Voice messages will be returned within 24 hours Monday-Friday.
The Solidarity Fund is supported in part by Ford Foundation & the Fund for Southern Communities. We would like to credit models in the field for helping ROOTS launch the Solidarity Fund so quickly. Thanks to Springboard for the Arts,The Actors Fund, Dramatist Guild Foundation, whom we looked to as we built this program.