Broadcasters Foundation Of America Helps Colleagues Affected By Louisiana Floods, California Wildfires
August 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM (PT)
The BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA has moved swiftly to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by the floods in LOUISIANA and the wildfires in CALIFORNIA. The EMERGENCY AND DISASTER GRANT PROGRAM features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a WEEK. In the aftermath of HURRICANE KATRINA, the FOUNDATION acted speedily to award $250,000 in one-time emergency grants of $1,000 each to 250 broadcasters. The FOUNDATION also moved quickly following the tornadoes in JOPLIN, MO and HURRICANE SANDY in the NEW YORK area.
“It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days," said FOUNDATION Chairman DAN MASON. "The BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.”
The BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION contacted the LOUISIANA and CALIFORNIA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATIONS last week to distribute emergency grant application information among its members. Emergency grants already have been awarded to broadcasters in LOUISIANA from CUMULUS MEDIA, GUARANTY BROADCASTING, NEXTSTAR BROADCASTING, RAYCOM MEDIA, TOWNSQUARE MEDIA, and others. Requests for aid from LOUISIANA flood victims are coming in almost hourly, and the FOUNDATION is reviewing completed applications immediately to rapidly deliver emergency grants to those who are approved.
To be considered for the BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION EMERGENCY AND DISASTER GRANT programs, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster.