Grant application overview

Please review the information below before applying. While the process may feel daunting, each question helps us navigate your needs and determine the best level of financial support we can provide you with.

If you have any questions, email: info@payitforwardcharleston.org

determine if you are eligibile

To qualify for emergency relief funding you must have worked in the Charleston food and beverage industry for a minimum of 6 months and an average of at least 30 hours per week. Every applicant must show proof of such employment, so please have paycheck stubs and/or W2s available. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any exceptions.

Examples of need include: medical bills, a car accident, weather catastrophes, family support assistance, and mental health needs.


If you believe you meet these requirements, apply now.

How it works

  • Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • True life/death emergencies are prioritized.
  • You can reapply every 30 days for the following month’s disbursements.
  • We do our best to review applications in a timely manner so that you can use the funds for their intended purposes. Should your circumstance change prior to hearing from us please email us with the update.
  • If you are asking for help with your rent, please have your lease agreement available.
  • If you need help with your utilities, please have your bills available.

How grants are distributed

  1. Each application will be verified.
  2. Once applications are verified, the application will be forwarded to a review committee composed of trusted community members.
  3. The above committee will select approved distributions by vote and determine the funding available to the grantee. All grants are subject to taxation and all applicable laws.

Start your application

Please fill out the following application if you believe you meet the necessary criteria for Pay it Forward Charleston’s Emergency Relief Fund. Please only apply if insurance is not providing you with compensation for your emergency.

Please be thorough, and if you have any questions email: info@payitforwardcharleston.org

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