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You can apply to receive a one-time direct payment of $1,000 per person, with a maximum of $3,000 per household. You can receive the money as a check or gift card (Visa).
No, all payments are made as grants and classified as disaster relief under the IRS and should not be included as taxable income.
Yes, everyone in your household who is eligible for the fund and is over 18 can apply. Each person must complete their own individual application. No more than 3 people per household will receive funding (maximum of $3000 per household).
Yes. The Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants is for people living in Seattle. The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is for anyone in Washington. If you live in Seattle, you can apply for both funds.
To apply for the relief fund, you must:
Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis since the total fund is limited. We will prioritize those in greatest need.
You can apply in: Chinese, English, French, Garifuna, Hindi, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog/Filipino, or
Before you apply, you should:
After you apply, please make sure to check your email inbox or the junk email folder for your confirmation. You will also get a text message confirmation the day you submit your application. You may log back in and check the status to see if your application is being reviewed and if you are awarded the funding. Please only submit your application one time.
If you don’t want to complete the application online, you can print the application here and mail it to P.O. Box #84327, Seattle WA 98124.
If you get stuck, click here, or call 1-844-724-3737 for help with your application. Support is available in multiple languages.
After you apply, you’ll receive updates about your application by email and text. You’ll be notified if your application is accepted within 3 weeks of applying. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive payment within 2 weeks after that.
Our funds are limited, so not everyone who applies will be able to receive aid at this time.
These are the documents that you can use in your application to prove your identity and your residency in Washington State. Please make sure that you have a clear copy of either:
Personal information will never be voluntarily shared with the government, ICE, law enforcement, your landlord, your employer, or anyone else. All information is stored securely in an encrypted format so it can’t be accessed.
According to our contract with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the only people with access to an applicant’s personal information are Scholarship Junkies (the community organization that manages the fund), Fair Work Center, and Seattle Credit Union (that distributes money). We will not share your information with anyone else. But if there is a legal subpoena, we may be legally required to release personal information. It’s unlikely that this would happen, but not impossible.
The fund is managed by immigrant-led community organizations in Washington—the same people who called for the fund to be created. It is supported and funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.