A Monday press release from the 501(c)3 public charity announced that the BFA’s executive committee recently held an emergency meeting to determine how best to address broadcasters’ needs during the crisis. The board voted to revise its emergency grant qualifications to enable those infected to apply for aid.
Under the new rule, to qualify, an applicant must:
- Be or have been a direct employee of an over-the-air broadcaster
- Be or have been infected with COVID-19
- Be out of work or have lost wages due to COVID-19
- Be in acute financial need due to hardships from COVID-19
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Broadcasters Foundation of America Chairman Dan Mason said in the announcement, “Never in our history as broadcasters have we experienced an event that has caused this much hardship.”