Golf Emergency Relief Fund Awards Over $4 Million in Grants to 3,300 Course Workers

The Golf Emergency Relief Fund has awarded over $4 million to more than 3,300 individuals seeking assistance during Phase I of the initiative. 

The Golf Emergency Relief Fund is managed by E4E Relief, an independent, third-party nonprofit, and was initiated by the PGA of America through a lead pledge of $5 million and a matching fund for gifts by third parties of up to $2.5 million.

“As evidenced by the incredible demand, the need is critical. We will continue to turn to our friends both in and outside of golf who love the game for their generous and immediate financial support,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. 

The PGA’s contribution to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund included every member of the executive leadership team voluntarily reducing their compensation, and additionally, personal donations from members of the Board of Directors have been pledged. 

The Contribution 

Starting on Wednesday, May 27, eligible workers will have the opportunity to apply for Phase 2 grants of up to $3,500. 

Individuals receiving grants through the first phase will be eligible to apply for grants in the second phase but the maximum amount an individual can receive in aggregate from the first and second phase is $3,500. 

Those who were denied during Phase 1 are still eligible to apply for Phase 2.

According to the PGA of America, the second phase will have a longer application process and distribute grants as reviewed and approved by E4E Relief on a rolling basis. Documentation needed will vary based on the type of expenses requested. 

Phase 2 is a needs-based analysis and not the same process as Phase I, but grants will be approved on a rolling basis. 

Accordingly, applicants are encouraged to submit early in the process, and make all requested expense-related documentation available to E4E Relief as soon as possible.

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