Will Rogers Pioneers Assistance Fund for Victims – Deadline

The Will Rogers Pioneers Assistance Fund provides relief to those working in theatrical distribution and exhibition, as well as vendors in both sectors, who were affected or displaced by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona in Florida and Puerto Rico.

The foundation, which recently raised $1.5 million at its black-tie gala honoring James Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, is also waiving its requirement that grantees have at least five years of work in the industry.

Hurricane Ian closed nearly 80 movie theaters throughout Tampa, Orlando, the Florida Panhandle and southwestern parts of the state, while Hurricane Fiona closed an unknown number of movie theaters in Puerto Rico. To date, the foundation has received more than 130 applications for hurricane aid.

Individuals who have worked for less than five years in theatrical exhibition and distribution and for vendors exclusively servicing both sectors are eligible to receive a one-time contingency grant of $100 to help cover the cost of basic necessities. Those who have worked for more than five years in the company and who have additional needs may be eligible for additional help.

Before granting aid, the foundation will verify the employment status of each applicant. To apply for help, click here.

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