Seattle Relief Fund

Application for Seattle Relief Fund is now open.

For more information and to apply, visit seattlerelief.com. Call (206) 775-7490 if you have any questions or if you need help in your preferred language. You can also call the Seattle Indian Center for assistance at (206)329-8700.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for the Seattle Relief Fund?

To apply, you must meet ALL of the requirements below:
● Be 18 years old or older
AND
● Someone in your household must
● Live within the boundaries of the City of Seattle
OR
● Be enrolled in the Seattle Promise program
OR 
● Be enrolled in Seattle Public Schools
OR 
● Be an artist/cultural worker who has owned or rented an art studio or rehearsal space within the boundaries of the City of Seattle at any time since March 2020.

AND
● Be under 50 percent of the median household income in Seattle. 


How can I check to see if I live within the City of Seattle boundaries?

You can review the Seattle city boundaries here: https://bit.ly/seattle-boundaries

What types of income will I need to include in this application?

You will be asked to provide your household average monthly income, which includes wages, tips, commissions, payments from self-employment activities, child support, unemployment, paid family and medical leave, retirement, and Social Security benefits. If your household receives public benefits, you will also be asked to provide the average monthly amount you receive from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), Refugee Cash Assistance, or Supplemental Security Income. You do not need to include income tax refunds, child tax credit payments, one-time rent assistance, and federal economic stimulus payments in your calculation.

I live outside of Seattle, but someone in my household works in Seattle. Can I still apply?

If you live outside of Seattle, you or someone in your household must be
● enrolled in Seattle Promise program
OR
● enrolled in Seattle Public Schools
OR

● an artist/cultural worker who has owned or rented a studio or rehearsal space within the boundaries of the city of Seattle at any time since March 2020.

I received financial aid from the 2020 Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants. Can I still apply for the 2021 Seattle Relief Fund?

If you received financial aid from the 2020 Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants, you are not eligible for this funding. Please do not apply for the 2021 Seattle Relief Fund. You should already have been contacted by Scholarship Junkies in August 2021 to confirm your eligibility for an additional round of funding. If you received funding last year, and you did not receive a recertification notification through text or email, please call or text (206) 312-1630 or email [email protected]

I am undocumented. Am I eligible to receive funding?

Yes. This funding is intended for any low-income Seattle resident regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, as long as they meet eligibility requirements. The City of Seattle is not permitted to inquire about the immigration status of any person as per Ordinance 121063. This means we do not ask about immigration status in the Seattle Relief Fund application form.

When are applications due?

The application period opens Monday, October 25, at 12:00pm and closes on Monday, November 15, at 11:59 p.m. You can submit your application at any time during this period. This is not a “first come, first served” application process. Late applications will not be accepted.

I currently do not have permanent housing. Can I still apply?

Yes. You can apply if you do not have permanent housing. You will have to document that you currently live within the boundaries of the City of Seattle. Please check the list of approved documents above.

How much are Seattle Relief Fund payments?

● One adult is eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,000.
● A household of two adults is eligible to receive a payment of $2,000.
● Households with children or adult dependents are eligible to receive a payment of $3,000.

I don’t have permanent housing. How can I receive financial aid without a mailing address?

If you are approved for financial aid, you will have two payment options:
i. If you have an email, you may be able to receive funds through a digital gift card.
ii. If you prefer to receive a physical check or gift card, our partner organizations may be able to help. For instance, you may be able to use an organization’s mailing address to receive a physical check. Please contact one of the organizations providing application assistance.