Freelancers & Independent Contractors: How to Receive a $1,000 Government Grant
Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Under the CARES act, this grant is applicable to anyone that is a freelance or independent contractor worker, such as a Production Assistant in entertainment, who were working prior to January 31, 2020. It is essentially a relief grant (which does not need to be repaid) due to the effects Covid-19 has had on freelancers, gig workers, and independent contractors.
Information on this grant was shared on a film and television Facebook group, in this post.
Several people in the thread have been asking questions on the grant and how to fill it out. Here are some of the most common questions.
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Many people said that they applied a week ago or so and have already received their grants. Several of them said they did not get notified, so make sure to keep an eye on your bank.
The Forbes article (linked here) explains how to sign up and answers a lot of these questions and more, make sure to take a look if you are interested in applying for this grant.
If you do apply for the grant, you'll most likely get an email asking you to set up your SBA account and approve your loan. Remember that if you only want the grant ($1,000 that you do not need to repay), then do not do anything. You do not need to accept or decline the loan amount. The grant money will automatically be deposited into your account afterward without needing to accept any loan.
I just wanted to share this information with you all in case this can benefit anyone that is in need and qualifies for assistance. We're in some crazy times, so I hope this helps!