The Selvage Fund was created to help Gap Inc. team members get through difficult situations that may happen from time to time. If you’re here and need help, we want to ensure that you have the information you need to effectively navigate the application process. Below you’ll find an overview of what needs are eligible for the program and a few FAQs that will help you apply.
We’re here to help. If you are in a difficult situation and need assistance, the first step is to determine if you qualify for assistance from The Selvage Fund. The first questions to ask are:
1) Am I an eligible/qualifying employee?
2) Do I have a qualifying event?
3) Are my expenses eligible?
Initial qualifications are simple. Before we go through the detailed vetting process, let’s look at the questions below to find out if you may be eligible.
Am I an eligible/qualifying employee?
Current Gap Inc. employees in the US and Canada are eligible to apply for a grant if they are at grade levels of Senior Director and below, and have worked an average of 12 or more hours per week over the 6 months prior to the qualified disaster. Eligible employees include those who are on furlough or approved leave, including short-term disability, FMLA, military, workers compensation, approved leave of absence, approved leave without pay, long-term disability, or paid time off. Requested expenses must be the result of an event that has occurred after the employee’s hire date and include supporting documentation.
Contract employees, temporary/seasonal partners, interns, and retirees are not eligible to apply for, or to receive assistance from, the Selvage Fund.
Do I have a qualifying event?
Qualifying events include:
- Presidentially declared disasters (including COVID-19)
- Accidents on Common Carrier
- Terrorist/Military Actions
- Any event to be determined to be of catastrophic nature by the Secretary of the Treasury
- The qualifying event must have taken place after February 29, 2020.
Are my expenses eligible?
Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Evacuation/quarantine expenses such as food, clothing, hotel/lodging, and transportation
- Housing expenses such as repairs, rent/mortgage, and relocation assistance
- Basic essential utilities
- Basic transportation expenses
- Insurance deductibles
- Household contents such as furniture, essential appliances, clothing and other contents
- Medical expenses not covered by insurance
- Funeral expenses, travel, and burial expenses
- Psychological counseling
The event and expenses must have occurred after the applicant's hire date and within twelve months of the eligible event's occurrence, but not before March 1, 2020. For short-term evacuation expenses related to a catastrophic disaster, an employee must submit the request for assistance within 45 days of the event’s occurrence.
What are ineligible expenses?
The following are examples of expenses that DO NOT qualify for assistance:
- Lost compensation due to reduced hours or missed time from work for the employee and/or their spouse/domestic partner
- Legal fees, garnishments or expenses associated with divorce or custody cases such as loss of Alimony
- Credit card or personal loan debt
- Elective medical procedures, expenses or denied health insurance claims
- Insurance premiums or items covered by insurance policies
- Routine automobile/home repairs or those due to deferred maintenance
Do I have to repay the grants?
No. Grants provided through the Fund are not loans and do not have to be repaid.
Who administers this Fund?
The Selvage Fund is managed by E4E Relief LLC, a 3rd party administrator.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
If you have additional questions, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply
Step 1. Click the “apply” button. Create an online account or log in (if you have already created an account) to access the application page. Complete the application with the requested information.
Step 2. Submit your application. Complete the requested information and upload the required supporting document and submit for review.
Step 3. Breathe easier. A grant specialist will review your application and contact you if more information is required.
What Happens Next?
Once your application is received you will receive a confirmation notification. If additional information is necessary, you will receive an email outlining what documentation is needed. Upon receipt of all supporting documentation a grant specialist will review and make a decision regarding your request. If approved, a grant distribution will be made based on the payment preference selected in the application. Check back daily to see the progress of your application as it moves through the review process.