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BFA Offers Emergency Relief Grants To Broadcasters Affected By Harvey


Broadcasters Foundation of America is offering $1,000 relief grants for broadcasters affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must work in radio and/or television broadcasting and be in acute financial need due to hardships faced by a recent hurricane, flood or other natural disaster. To find out if they qualify, broadcasters should visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org or click here to complete the emergency grant form.

“The Broadcasters Foundation is a safety net in an emergency,” commented Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “When a colleague’s roof is suddenly blown away, their belongings destroyed, or their families displaced, the Broadcasters Foundation can step in quickly. We need everyone in our business to help us ensure that all broadcasters in need are aware of the Broadcasters Foundation,” Mason added.

The Broadcasters Foundation’s emergency relief program distributes one-time grants of $1,000 each after a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or other serious misfortune. The expedited emergency grant application process is streamlined to provide assistance as quickly as possible.

The Broadcasters Foundation works closely with state broadcast associations to ensure that colleagues who are in need know about the Foundation and that they can apply for aid. The Texas and Louisiana Broadcasters Associations already have been contacted and are working with the Broadcasters Foundation to get the message to broadcasters in their area who might need help.

Following last year’s floods in Louisiana, the Broadcasters Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 to radio and TV professionals, including account executives, on-air personalities, producers, program, music, and traffic directors, and more. The Broadcasters Foundation also delivered aid to colleagues who were struck by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area in 2012, the tornadoes in Joplin in 2011, and Hurricane Matthew in the Carolinas last year. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Broadcasters Foundation awarded a total of $250,000 to 250 broadcasters.