COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund

Created in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Society of Florida Archivists’ COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund was established to provide financial assistance for Florida archival workers experiencing acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the crisis.

Florida-based archival workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis are eligible to apply to the fund. Recipients will receive grants of up to $250.00.

Applications will be evaluated with particular attention to the applicant’s statement of need. Grants will be provided to applicants for as long as funding permits.

Applying for this does not preclude you from applying to SAA’s AWEFund. Please apply to SAA’s AWEF in addition to the SFA COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund.

Please consider donating to this fund. The Society of Florida Archivists is accepting donations on the Support SFA page. In the ‘Type of Donation’ dropdown menu, please select ‘COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund.’

How much funding is available?

One-time grants of up to a maximum of $250 will be provided to individual recipients. Grants will be funded for as long as funding permits.

What do you mean by “archival worker”?

To qualify for the fund, applicants should be able to demonstrate archival work performed in a repository, regardless of type. Qualifying work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Reference and public services
  • Records management
  • Collections management
  • Private family archives management
  • Processing and description
  • Digitization and metadata

See the Application Guidelines for more information.

Do I have to be a SFA member?

No, SFA membership is not required to apply.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Due to the unpredictability of the crisis and times of acute need, applications will be considered on a rolling basis through October 31, 2020.

How will recipients be selected?

Applications that are complete and meet eligibility criteria will be assessed by the Ad Hoc Committee for the COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Applicants must provide a description of archival work experience and a statement of need. No other documentation is necessary. See the Application Guidelines for more information.

When will I hear about my application?

The review committee meets weekly to evaluate applications. You will receive a response to your application within 10 business days.

How long will it take to receive the money?

If you are selected to receive funding, a check or electronic disbursement can be sent in 3-5 business days.

If I receive a grant, will my name and information be made public?

No. Your personal identifying information will only be known to one individual on the committee. Applications will be reviewed anonymously.

How can I donate to this fund?

The Society of Florida Archivists is accepting donations on the Support SFA page. In the ‘Type of Donation’ dropdown menu, please select ‘COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund.’

Do you recommend any other resources available?

Applying for this does not preclude you from applying to SAA’s AWEFund. Please apply to SAA’s AWEF in addition to the SFA COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund. Additionally there is a crowdsourced document called Resources for Displaced Archival Workers, which is a collection of resources useful to U.S.-based archival workers navigating rapidly changing conditions during the COVID-19 emergency, related to remote work, archival labor, mutual aid, access to unemployment benefits, and more.

There are also free resources for COVID-19/Crisis Management:

Where do I apply?

The Application Link is https://forms.gle/F6KQQUnY6EMyfoxv6.

Application Guidelines

To apply, applicants must supply the following information:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Description of Archival Work Experience (500 words maximum)
  3. This helps the committee verify the eligibility of the applicant as an archival worker. It should demonstrate archival work within one year of the date of application. Applicants will not be evaluated in terms of educational attainment or professional status.
  4. Statement of Need (500 words maximum). Applicants are asked to provide as much information as they are comfortable sharing. The statement of need should demonstrate acute, unanticipated financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis and might address the following components:
      • Caregiving responsibilities;
      • Health or health care expenses;
      • Debt burden;
      • Housing insecurity;
      • Food insecurity;
      • Ineligibility for or insufficiency of governmental aid; and/or
      • Any other details the applicant believes are relevant.

Ad Hoc Committee for the COVID-19 Archival Workers Relief Fund

Gerrianne Schaad (Chair), Sarah Coates, Carady DeSimone, Rhia Rae, Mary Rubin, and Jay Sylvestre

Pursuant to Chapter 496, Florida Statutes, a copy of the official registration and financial information of this organization may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by call toll-free within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

Toll-free number: 800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352), Website: www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, License number: CH48488.


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