Best Buy Disaster Relief

Special Notice

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving and unique situation that we are carefully monitoring. In partnership with corporate Best Buy, we are reviewing policies and procedures to decide how to best support Best Buy employees who experience hardships that result from the pandemic. We will update this page with any new policy information as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.


Best Buy Founder Dick Schulze has an ongoing commitment to supporting employees of Best Buy in times of emergency and disaster. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation funds and administers the Best Buy Disaster Relief Fund, which is available to those being impacted by the ongoing effects of a national disaster or emergency.

Please review the eligibility requirements here.

Two Types of Assistance Available

1) Immediate Cash Assistance – Immediate cash assistance is limited to $1,000 per employee and is available to employees with urgent needs arising immediately following a qualifying disaster. Employees with these urgent needs are identified by store managers and other supervisory personnel with responsibilities in the geographic area affected by the disaster. Recipients of Immediate Cash Assistance are still eligible to apply for Relief Fund Assistance.

The request for Immediate Cash Assistance will require validation and approval by the employee’s manager.

2) Relief Fund Assistance – Relief fund assistance attempts to moderate the financial hardship inflicted on an employee due to a qualifying natural disaster/national emergency over and above what insurance or any form of public assistance might provide. Employees may apply for Relief Fund Assistance through an online application to the Schulze Family Foundation. A selection committee reviews and makes an award determination on all eligible requests for Relief Fund Assistance. The selection committee will consider all requests and all applicants will be notified of their application’s status. The current maximum award for applicants is $5,000 for full-time employees and $2,500 for part-time.

Please review the information on this website closely as you consider filling out an application.  Submitting an application for eligible expenses that is well-supported with supplementary information will expedite the consideration of your request.