What is the Hardship fund?

The Hardship Fund was developed to help APA community members when facing a severe hardship. Funds in this account are distributed to APA community members as directed by the Board of Directors when they are notified of a critical need in the community. Needs may include costs for excessive medical care, funeral costs, or costs from other extreme situations.

The hope is that you will never need to request financial assistance, but the reality is that at some point you may. If you are in a position to help those in need please consider giving to the APEF Hardship Fund by clicking on “Lend a Hand” below.

If your family is experiencing a financial hardship, please apply for a grant to help you get through this hard time. Click on the “Hardship Fund Request” button below to access the application.

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COVID-19 Assistance Fund for APA Families

The American Preparatory Education Foundation serves more than 5,000 students and nearly 700 teachers and staff members in Utah. We are facing an unprecedented crisis in our community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as you are well aware, we are operating a distance education program through the end of the school year. This has greatly impacted our students, staff members, and their families as they adjust to a new education model, but the impact of the pandemic goes beyond disruptions to the normal education of our students. Food insecurity, loss of employment or income, lack of access to medical care, and limited access to technology needed for online learning are just a few of the challenges that some of our families are facing.

These times also provide an opportunity for our community to serve one another in unprecedented ways. APEF aims to support and facilitate that effort. Due to increased contributions through Amazon Smile, The American Preparatory Education Foundation has some funds available to help families who are in need.We are looking to our community to see if any of you would like to add to our support fund and join us in our efforts to help those in our community in need.

We are so appreciative of those of you who have already generously donated to the COVID-19 Assistance Fund.We hope many more of you will join us now, with even a small donation, to help our struggling families.With the generosity of our donors we are able to do more good!

As I mentioned, donations from Amazon through the AmazonSmile program are currently directly helping our APA families. Combined with our COVID-19 assistance fund, we were able to help a single mother of three who works in the restaurant industry. Her hours were cut drastically when the pandemic hit and then she and her daughter both contracted COVID-19. She hasn’t been able to work for weeks which has resulted in loss of pay. Thanks to your donations and participation in AmazonSmile, she was granted a check to help pay for her rent and other bills.

APEF has also made it possible for students and staff to receive computers and mobile hotspots to access the internet.

If you have the means, please consider donating to the COVID-19 Assistance Fund by clicking on the Donate Now button below. And if you are in need of assistance, please complete the application by clicking on Apply Now below. We are in this together and we will get through it together!

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NEW March 15, 2021: The Utah Housing Assistance Program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Find out more at https://rentrelief.utah.gov/.

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Utah Housing Assistance Program

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Utah DWS Grants

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COVID Relief Grant for artists by CERF+

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COVID Guidelines by the CDC

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COVID Resources for Utah residents

For Utahns in need of essentials due to being affected by the ripple effects of COVID-19. read more

Financial assistance for Utah Residents

Included is financial assistance for food resources, housing/utilities, child/family care, healthcare and transportation

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