The Bridge Fund

Even before the present state of affairs, America knew that nearly half of all Americans would have a great deal of difficulty overcoming an unexpected expense of as little as $400. However, during the COVID lockdown, this reality had been exacerbated and shown to be even more devastating as America’s poor were the first to lose their jobs due to the economic dislocation that the pandemic triggered, and worse, the first to experience grave hardships as they faced repercussions due to the unfortunate trends in the economy.

In order to make even a small dent in the suffering that is now taking place in America, we at The Forgotten International set aside some funding to help those who are experiencing an unexpected, temporary financial emergency which could be extinguished or substantially mitigated with a small grant that would serve as a “bridge” to a more promising future. In short, our hope would be that this grant would work to help the recipient overcome a minor financial obstacle that, if not extinguished, could lead the recipient to spiraling debt or the loss of either their income or an opportunity that, if they were able to pursue, would strengthen their financial stability.

Grant Requirements and Limitations

  • The recipient must be nominated by either a TFI Board member, a member of our staff, a social worker, a school teacher, or an administrator of one of our partner organizations.
  • The nominator must submit at least one of the following along with the nomination form: an invoice, price estimate, past due bill, or similar documentation of the amount their nominee hopes to receive in grant money.
  • The grant is limited to $1,000 per recipient per year, and one cannot be considered for a grant more than twice within a given year.
  • The recipient cannot be a relative of the nominator.
  • The recipient can be an individual, household, or organization.
  • The recipient must be living in the USA.
  • The recipient’s need for assistance need not be related to the current pandemic.
  • Finally, although not necessary, we would prefer to have our funds pass through a local non-profit organization that serves the recipient’s community and/or have the recipient report back to us as to how the funds were expended. What is most important, however, is that, as stated above, this grant serves to help those who are experiencing an unexpected, temporary financial emergency which could be extinguished or substantially mitigated with a small grant.

To acquire a nomination form for a person or group you believe may be in need, please write to us at info@theforgottenintl.org. Please put “Bridge Grant” in your subject line.

A special thanks to members of our Board of Directors for making this funding program possible.