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 way to support you.

If you have any questions, email: [email protected]

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 an accident, illness, weather catastrophe, family support, bereavement, and mental health support.


If you believe you meet these requirements, apply now.

How it works

  • Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • We do our best to review applications in a timely manner so that you can use the funds for their intended purpose. 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.
  • Be prepared to submit a Statement of Need as part of the application.
  • Be prepared to submit an income and expense report as part of the application and have your monthly bills handy to reference.
  • If insurance is providing a degree of relief, please be prepared to document the compensation.

How grants are distributed

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

All staff and committee members have signed a confidentiality agreement protecting your privacy.

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 be thorough, and if you have any questions email: [email protected]

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