The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) launched Friday a grant program to assist civilian federal employees facing unforeseen hardships due to the partial government shutdown.
Accoding to FEEA, federal employees with an annual salary of $55,000 or less who have been furloughed or are working in excepted status and not receiving pay can receive a $100 grant to help cover essentials like groceries and gas.
“While this small grant does not replace missing pay, FEEA hopes it will help feds with things like feeding their families or paying commuting costs,” FEEA said in press statement.
Employees can apply at www.feea.org/shutdowngrant
NARFE’s Program to Members
FEEA also has a separate program open to members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) who are furloughed or working in excepted status. Information about that program can be found at: https://fs28.formsite.com/FEEA/narfefurlough/index.html.
“The financial toll of this partial government shutdown is not lost on anyone at NARFE,” said NARFE National President Ken Thomas. “Every day, we hear from members recounting how they are scrambling to make arrangements for unpaid bills, including tapping into their retirement accounts. They face home evictions, leave medical issues untended, are banned from seeking temporary work and, in some circumstances, cannot file for unemployment. Through no fault of their own, these hardworking individuals who help the American people cannot help themselves. We are humbled by this opportunity to help them.”
FEEA said that companies and individuals who wish to assist in this effort can make a donation at www.feea.org/give . FEEA is a 501c3 charitable organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.