How a Fund Works

How It Works

Below is a diagram of how an efficient and effective Employer-Sponsored Employee Hardship and Disaster Relief Fund Program operates. Read the process diagram below.
  • 1Create Your Fund
    An employer creates and names a custom fund within the Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. (EAF). This fund is for the exclusive benefit of that employer's Employee Hardship and Disaster Relief Fund.
  • 2Employee/Employer Donations
    Donations can be made by employee contributions (through payroll deduction, credit or debit card); by the employer (usually through a donation-matching program or direct contributions); by the employer’s foundation; or from fund-raising events.
  • 3Accept Employee Applications
    Employees seeking assistance complete applications for grants, which EAF will review.
  • 4Initial Application Review
    Initial application review to determine if a qualifying emergency or hardship exists and that all required documentation has been received. The applicant will be contacted if additional information is needed.
  • 5Final Review
    Trained EAF personnel conduct final reviews of completed applications to determine if they meet the criteria established specifically for your company’s Employee Relief Fund. After the review, the grant requests are either accepted or denied based on the objective criteria. EAF determines the proper grant amount for approved applications.
  • 6Funds Granted & Distributed
    Grants are made directly to vendors/service providers on behalf of the employee applicant or directly to the employee applicant in accordance with the employer's guidelines.