Union Plus

Job Loss Grant for Personal Loan-holders

Union Plus Hardship Assistance

Union Plus Job Loss Grant Can Help If You're Laid Off

Benefit Description

$500 payment to Union Plus Personal Loan-holders who have been laid off and meet the requirements below.


  1. You must be a Union Plus Personal Loan-holder in good standing at the time the job loss occurred.
  2. You must complete the required application and provide documentation that you have been continuously unemployed due to an involuntary job loss or layoff (other than a strike or lockout) for at least 45 consecutive days within the 24-month period prior to the date you submit an application.
  3. The job loss must have occurred at least six (6) months after you became a Union Plus Personal Loan-holder.
  4. You may only receive three Job Loss Grants under the LAP for each Union Plus Personal Loan account per your lifetime, but no more than one Job Loss Grant per year.

How to Apply

  1. Collect and copy the required documentation:
    • Proof of the date of your job loss, showing it occurred within the last 24 months prior to your date of application.
    • Proof that shows at least 45 days of continuous unemployment.
  2. Complete the online application form.
  3. Submit your documents through one of the following channels:
    • Upload your documents through our website via the My Forms section of your profile (recommended)
    • Email your application and documents to grants@unionplus.org.
    • Fax your application and document to our secure fax line at 866-481-5568.

      However, if you are unable to use one of those means of getting your application to us, please mail all required documentation to:

      Union Plus Strike Grant
      1100 First St. NE, Suite 850
      Washington, DC 20002
  • Please allow 6-8 weeks for application processing. You will be notified by mail when your application has been approved or denied.
  • If approved for the grant, payment will be made by check and mailed directly to you.

Mailing Instructions:

  • Please do not send originals. Documents will not be returned to you.
  • All documents should be copied onto 8.5" x 11" paper.
  • Only copy/print one side of paper.
  • Please do not use staples or fasteners.

Please note: Failure to comply with these instructions will result in significantly delayed processing time.

Grants valued at $600 or more may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore, approved recipients receiving grants of $600 or more in a calendar year will receive an IRS Form 1099-MISC in January of the following year.  If the documentation you submitted does not contain your social security number, we will contact you to complete an IRS W-9 form.  This document must be returned to our office before we will release a grant payment exceeding $600. Please keep your eye on your email inbox for this important request.


Please visit our Union Plus Grants FAQ. Please send additional questions to grants@unionplus.org.

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  1. These hardship assistance grants are provided and administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan (“The Plan”).  Certain administrative responsibilities for the Plan have been delegated to Union Privilege. Union Privilege is the non-profit organization established to create and oversee member benefit programs for working families.