The Sports Broadcasting Fund is here to help you and others in our industry during times of need. Requesting funds from the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund is simple and straightforward and can be done in a matter of minutes. The following guidelines govern our giving and explain the process for applying for and receiving support.
The mission of the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund is to provide financial support for industry professionals and their immediate families who have suffered injury, death or serious misfortune.
Funds are raised each year through the generous contributions of individuals and companies who support the sports broadcasting community. The SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund is a designated fund of the Alma Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity.
The Sports Broadcasting Fund Board Grants Committee reviews grant applications on a regular basis and gives careful consideration to those who are eligible. Thank you again for your interest, if you have any questions, please contact us at: [email protected]
The Applicant’s Advocate Referee must ensure the application form is completed and submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed. The Grant Review Committee and Board will review the requests as needed on a monthly basis. All applicants will be responded to with a decision about their request generally within ten to thirty days.
Once The Fund has made a grant, additional funding may be made available via designated funds. Designated Funds may be established by the SVG Fund on behalf of individual in need and funded thru contributions from donors who specify who their contributions are directed towards that individual. Ordinarily these funds are over and above the grants supported by the Fund. However, there may be a circumstance where these funds are raised and given in lieu of a grant from the Fund. All designated funds have a termination date of one-year after being established and are managed by an individual appointed by the Board Grants Committee.
In 2011 freelance cameraman Jeremy Schultz passed away following a fire at his home that left his family in a nearly impossible position as they lost their home and all of their possessions.
In the following weeks, however, CBS, with the help of the Alma Foundation and SVG, was able to raise more than $50,000 to help his family begin to rebuild their lives and pay for medical bills.
Several years back a similar and separate fund was created for the family of Ron Scalise, who this year is being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Helping Jeremy and Ron and their families was worth the time and effort for all of us but we realized we need a way to act more quickly. Going through the legal process of setting up a fund takes time, and when someone is in need that time is something we cannot afford to lose.
The Sports Broadcasting Fund is a charitable entity for our industry to reach out and respond to those in need with appropriate support.