Natural Disaster Assistance

The Pioneers Assistance Fund is dedicated to those who work in Exhibition, Distribution, and Vendors exclusive to either sector. We provide financial and emotional support through our dedicated social work team helping industry workers overcome barriers from life-altering experiences and by providing support for their families during times of difficulty.

If you have been impacted by a recent natural disaster, such as:

  • Earthquake
  • Flood – Heavy Rain
  • Hurricane / Typhoon
  • Tornado
  • Tsunami
  • Wild Fire

Please review the information below regarding our Natural Disaster Assistance. 


The minimum five-year employment eligibility has been waived for natural disaster assistance:

a one-time $100 stipend for those impacted by a natural disaster.

If you have worked in a movie theater for five years or more and have an additional need, you may be eligible for further assistance. Please describe your situation in the comment box at the bottom of the intake form and a social worker will contact you with further instructions and documentation requirements.

Información para hispanohablantes:

Hemos renunciado a la elegibilidad de empleo de cinco años para aquellos que necesitan asistencia por desastre natural debido al huracán Fiona e Ian. Usted es elegible para un estipendio de emergencia único de $100. Los empleados que trabajan cinco años o más son elegibles para recibir asistencia adicional. Haz clic en el enlace abajo:

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility:

Your primary source of income must come from one of the following:

1. Theatrical Distribution (i.e. a movie studio)

2. Exhibition (i.e. a movie theater)

3. A Vendor exclusive to either Distribution or Exhibition

4. Theatrical Trade Services

Step 2: Submit Online Application