Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to re-pay a grant?
A. No. Grants are issued on a no re-pay basis.
Q. Do I have to be enrolled in payroll deductions in order to qualify for a grant?
A. No. Associates are invited to apply regardless of any donations they’ve made.
Q. What kind of situations qualify for a grant?
A. Illness, injury, natural disasters, fires, theft, funerals, etc. We encourage associates to apply for any financial hardship that is beyond their control.
Q. What kind of situations do not qualify?
A. Store card bills, divorces, maternity leave, etc.
Q. What do I need to apply?
A. A completed application, along with two of your most recent pay stubs and additional supporting documents. For example, if you need assistance with an outstanding electric bill, we ask you to submit the bill.
Q. Who makes the decisions on grants?
A. The Selection Committee, made up of five associates from different positions throughout the company, meets every other week to discuss applications and make a decision.
Q. How do I know my application will remain confidential?
A. OCF will never release your identity unless you’ve given us your consent to do so. OCF respects the privacy of all applicants.
Q. How much can I apply for?
A. Associates can apply for up to $5,000 per application, and up to $10,000 in their lifetime.
Q. How are grants paid out?
A. OCF works with you to make sure grants are paid out to the vendor. For example, if you need assistance with a medical bill, the check will go to your doctor’s office.
Q. Can I apply more than once?
A. Yes, as long as you have not exceeded the $10,000 maximum.
Q. Who can I go to for help with an application?
A. We encourage associates to seek assistance from a trusted department head, colleague or friend. We are always available to answer questions and help you collect the necessary documents.