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The Staples Share Fund grant program helps associates who are experiencing severe financial hardship due to an emergency qualifying event, and as a result, do not have the ability to maintain basic monthly living expenses. Download our Direct Grant Application Prep Pack for everything you need to know to apply. For associates in need of help obtaining new or temporary housing, please download our New Tenant/Temporary Housing Form.

Once you’ve completed the Application Check List in our Prep Pack, fill out your application on our website and click submit.

Below are the qualifying events and expenses that the Share Fund may assist with.

Qualifying Event

Illness or 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) with household expenses or travel expenses to appointments.

Qualifying Expense

  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Travel expenses 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.

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 utility bills

Natural Disaster

(hurricane, tornado, flood, ice/wind/snow storm affecting the associate’s primary residence).


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

Qualifying Expense

  • Uninsured/underinsured needed repairs to primary residence
  • Security deposit to move into a new residence
  • Emergency housing (if needed)
  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due basic utilities
  • Food
  • Necessary items lost due to event

Unemployment

Loss of a spouse’s job or associate’s second job due to a layoff or company closure within the past 6 months. Staples’ jobs excluded.

Qualifying Expense

  • Past due rent or mortgage
  • Past due basic utilities

Homeless

Associates in need of new housing due to:

  • Rental unit/home condemned or deemed uninhabitable due to unsafe living conditions.
  • Rental unit/home is foreclosed or sold and associate is forced to find new residence with less than 30 days’ notice.

Qualifying Expense

  • Security deposit to move into a new residence.
  • Past due rent or mortgage (if applicable)

Domestic Abuse

Associate in unsafe home environment and is need of new housing.

Qualifying Expense

  • Security deposit to move into new residence
  • Temporary housing if needed

Military Deployment

Associate, immediate family member or spouse/domestic partner who has encountered financial hardships after being deployed.

Qualifying Expense

  • Rent or mortgage
  • Other bills where assistance is needed

Required Documentation for All Applicants

To ensure prompt processing of a Share Fund grant, please gather the appropriate documents before submitting your application. The application is not complete until we have received ALL relevant supporting documentation.

REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATIONS:

  • Copies of bills for which associate is seeking assistance, for instance:
    • Past due mortgage statement
    • Past due rent letter from landlord or eviction notice
    • Past due basic utilities (electric, gas, water/sewer and garbage)
  • Proof of qualifying event causing the financial need, for instance:
    • Doctor's note/leave documentation
    • Fire/police report
    • Layoff/separation notice

ORIGINAL documents must be provided wherever available.

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 Staples’ associates is reviewed.



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Natural Disasters (fire, flood, tornado, mudslide, etc.) or other critical incidents that cause a dramatic disruption in income or loss of primary residence.

  • Associate's primary residence is severely damaged, destroyed or rendered unlivable by an unavoidable natural disaster or federally/state-declared natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Significant personal incident (fires or acts of violence that cause a dramatic disruption in income or loss of residence)

  • Associate suffers a personal incident such as a house fire or act of violence that has a severe financial impact on the associate.

Illness or accident of the associate, spouse/domestic partner or immediate family member (assistance will not be provided for expenses covered by medical or disability insurance, such as medical bills, deductibles, co-pays)

  • Funds available to assist associates who have encountered financial hardships for reasons beyond their control due to personal injury or illness of associate, spouse, domestic partner or immediate family member (illness, injury).

Funeral expense of an associate, immediate family member or spouse/domestic partner

  • Available to assist those who have incurred the loss of an associate or immediate family member or spouse/domestic partner, 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. To help mitigate the expense please contact The Hartford's Funeral and Concierge Services at 1-866-854-5429 or go to www.everestfuneral.com/hartford and use code HFEVLC.

Military Deployment

  • To assist an associate's family when they or their spouse/domestic partner has been called to active duty.