Apply for a Grant
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The US Retail Share Fund offers relief to associates experiencing severe financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control. Follow these steps to apply for the USR Share Fund.

Step 1

Review all Qualifying Events and the
Direct Grant Application Prep Pack (pdf).

Qualifying Events

Click on qualifying events below to review details.

Step 2

Gather all supporting documentation you need for your application.

Required Documentation

To ensure prompt processing of a Share Fund grant, please gather the appropriate documents before submitting your application. The Share Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has strict government requirements that requires written documentation as proof of the qualifying event.

    The application is not complete until we have received ALL relevant supporting documentation.

    1. Copies of bills for which associate is seeking assistance, for instance:
  1. a. Past due mortgage statement.
  2. b. Past due rent letter from landlord or eviction notice.
  3. c. Past due basic utilities (electric, gas, water/sewer and garbage).
    2. Proof of qualifying event causing the financial need, for instance:
  1. a. Doctor’s Note / Leave documentation.
  2. b. Fire/police report.
  3. c. Layoff/separation notice.

ORIGINAL documents must be provided wherever available.

NOTE: The Share Fund does not cover car repair, replacement, insurance or car loan, phone, Internet, cable, credit card bills, daycare, student loans, tuition, deductibles, medical expenses, or insurance bills.

Other documentation may be required to complete the application. This list is in no way a comprehensive list of documents required.
Every request submitted by US Retail associates is reviewed.

Step 3

Submit your application online.
The USR Share Fund team will be in touch if additional documentation is needed and to notify you about the status of your application.

Note:
The US Retail Share Fund may request additional documentation in support of the qualifying event. Financial assistance is at the discretion of the USR Share Fund and is not an employee benefit. Donations do not increase eligibility.
Qualifying Event
Illness & Injury

To assist associates or immediate family member (spouse/ domestic partner or dependents ONLY) who have encountered financial hardships for reasons beyond their control (illness, injury).

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Qualifying Expense

Travel expenses to attend appointments

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Note: Share Fund does not provide funding for medical bills.

PLEASE NOTE the US Retail Share Fund DOES NOT require details on diagnosis. We simply need to know the associate is unable to work during a particular time frame as a result of their doctor's instruction.

Required Documentation
  1. Medical leave documentation or FMLA1 form (if applicable)
  2. Doctor’s note documenting dates associate was not able to work
  3. Itemized medical bill statement to prove illness/injury occurred
  4. Documentation of time off from work due to medical reasons
  5. Travel receipts to attend appointments
Death

Available to assist those who have incurred the loss of an associate or immediate family member (spouse/domestic partner, parent or dependents ONLY) if the associate is financially responsible for arrangements. An associate's spouse/domestic partner may apply for assistance in the event of an associate's death.

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Qualifying Expense

Essential funeral expenses for deceased family member

Travel expenses to attend the funeral or to make funeral arrangements

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Required Documentation
  1. Itemized funeral invoice or estimate
  2. Proof of the death of relative (death certificate or obituary)
  3. Transportation receipts showing cost and date of travel to funeral or travel to make arrangements
  4. Copy of past due bills
Natural Disaster

Available to associates whose primary residence is severely damaged, destroyed, or rendered unlivable by a localized natural disaster (fire, flood, tornado, mudslide, storm, etc.), federal/state-declared natural disaster or terrorist attack, or an associate displaced from home and forced to pay for alternative housing.

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Qualifying Expense

Uninsured/underinsured needed repairs to primary residence

Security deposit to move into a new residence

Emergency housing (if needed)

Necessary items lost due to event

Food

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Required Documentation
  1. Copies of bills for which associate is seeking assistance
  2. Proof of qualifying event causing the financial need
Unemployment

Loss of a spouse’s job or associate’s second job due to layoff or company closure within the past six months. Staples jobs excluded.

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Qualifying Expense

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Required Documentation
  1. Copy of the termination letter with date and reason of termination or paperwork from unemployment office showing date and reason of separation
  2. Copy of past due bills
Homelessness

Available for associates in need to new housing due to either their place of residence being condemned or deemed uninhabitable due to unsafe living conditions, or unforeseen sale/foreclosure of a home rented from a private landlord that sees the associate forced to find new accommodation with less than 30 days’ notice. (Foreclosure of a home owned by an associate DOES NOT fit this circumstance.)

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Qualifying Expense

Security deposit to move into a new residence

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Required Documentation

Note: Associates requesting assistance as a result of the sale or foreclosure on their rented residence are required to submit proof of the sale or foreclosure including:

  1. Complete the New Tenant/Temporary Housing Statement
  2. Inspection report or other documentation showing how the home is uninhabitable
  3. Foreclosure notice from the landlord or owner of the rented property
  4. Documentation showing the property is for sale
  5. Current lease or proof of address
  6. Copy of eviction notice
Domestic Abuse

Available to associates in an unsafe home environment and in need of new housing.
*Must complete the New Landlord/Temporary Housing Form

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Qualifying Expense

Security deposit to move into new residence

Temporary housing if needed

Required Documentation
  1. Police report or restraining order documenting the abuse
  2. New landlord/temporary housing statement
  3. Copy of past due bills
Military Deployment

Available to associates, their immediate family members, or a spouse/domestic partner who has encountered financial hardships after being deployed.

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Qualifying Expense

Rent or mortgage

Other bills where assistance is needed

Required Documentation
  1. Copy of deployment orders
  2. Copy of basic utility bills
  3. Copy of rent/mortgage statement
COVID-19 Impact

To assist associates experiencing a financial hardship due to a reduction of workhours or furlough related to COVID-19 for them or their spouse/domestic partner in the past 6 months.

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Qualifying Expense

Past due rent or mortgage

Past due basic utilities

Required Documentation
  1. Proof of furlough/reduction of hours letter
  2. Unemployment benefit application status
  3. Copy of past due rent and utility bills
  4. Documentation of assistance from other sources
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