Guidelines for Assistance

In order to be eligible for assistance an applicant must be:

  • A freelance qualified person. The Foundation defines the group as persons connected with the artistic or entertainment industries including, but not limited to authors, actors, singers, dancers, directors, producers, choreographers, musicians, artists and screenwriters selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc. rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. The Foundation considers the following media categories as part of the entertainment industry: books (including audio books), movies, music, theatre, dance and television.
  • A professional. An individual who is committed to his/her industry or work, who has derived at least forty percent (40%) of his/her annual income over the past three (3) years from his/her personal production, performance or other work in the industry. A qualified person that makes a portion of his/her income in a related activity such as teaching classes relevant to his/her field to supplement his/her freelance income may also be eligible for support.
  • Experiencing a specific career-threatening emergency. The qualified person must have experienced a recent, unforeseen emergency or triggering event that has significantly and adversely affected the qualified person’s ability to produce, perform and/or market his/her work and, thus, creates the need for immediate relief funds and/or assistance. The Foundation is not able to assist in situations of financial need that result solely from lack of employment, poor sales and/or poor business practices.
  • Legal US resident. All work must be done by the qualified person; all work must be done in the United States.


Criteria for Assistance


All applicants must meet the basic eligibility requirements described above and submit completed applications with all required supporting documents in order to have their applications reviewed.


Application Procedure


Applicants must fill out and mail the application form with all requested information. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The completed, signed and dated application and supplementary materials should be sent to The Foundation’s office. If the application package is deemed complete by The Foundation’s staff it will be submitted to The Foundation’s Grant Committee for consideration. The Foundation will make every effort to expedite the decision-making process so that we can respond to applicants quickly. If the application is not complete, the applicant will be notified.


The Foundation does not discriminate against applicants based on sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.


Approval, Disbursement of Funds & Reporting


Once the application has been reviewed and approved by The Haven Foundation Board, the applicant will be notified. The award letter must be returned signed before any funds are dispersed.

Grants are not transferable.




All information provided by applicants remains confidential, unless the applicant has deemed otherwise.



Application Checklist


Please complete the checklist below to make sure that all required materials have been included in your application package. Note that an application is not complete without the items listed below. If the situation has caused some of these items to be unavailable, please include an explanation with the application. This checklist is solely for your own use. It does not need to be included in your application package.




We prefer a web address where your work can be seen. If you would like any materials returned, please include a list of items to be returned and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. 




Mail completed application to:

The Haven Foundation
P. O. Box 128
Brewer, ME 04412

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