Excluded Worker Fund | Columbia County Sanctuary Movement CRM

Excluded Worker Fund

Applications for the Excluded Worker Fund are CLOSED. To learn more about our continued fight for more funds and long-term solutions, click here.

In just two months, the $2.1 billion fund is exhausted, speaking to how desperately our community needs this support. As of October 8th, the Department of Labor is no longer accepting new applications. The DOL will continue to distribute funds in the order in which they were received.

CCSM will continue to support applicants in their appeals process, as well as prepare your documents for any future versions of the fund we fight for. Please continue to fill out our screening tool, so that we can support you in document retrieval, appealing your decision, and demonstrating how many people were still left out of this fund.

We are fighting for an additional $3 Billion for the Excluded Worker Fund. We won't stop until all those eligible for the fund receive the pandemic relief they deserve!

Did you get your card? Click here for tips on how to activate and use it!


Below is information about the fund in general.

On April 6th, 2021, our community won a state budget that includes a $2.1 billion fund for excluded workers. This historic victory is the first of its kind in the US.

Excluded workers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, but most haven’t received any state or federal financial support. This fund will provide direct assistance to those workers, finally providing the relief so many others have already received.

This fund will provide a one-time payment for help with income that was lost between March 27th, 2020 and April 1, 2021 but are excluded from state Unemployment Insurance (UI) and federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

If you need support in your appeals process or believe you were eligible for the fund and want support getting the appropriate documents for a future round (start now, the process takes a while!), please use our screening tool

Table of Contents

Click on any of the below pages to view the information

Overview of the Excluded Worker Fund

Taxes on EWF

How to activate and use your EWF Card

Report Unauthorized Transactions

Application Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Gathering your Documents

ITIN Guidance

How to talk to your employer

Tips if you apply yourself

Appealing the Decision

Employers and Allies: How to support

Resources in additional languages

Who is an Excluded Worker?

An excluded worker is someone who is ineligible for state unemployment benefits or federal COVID-related relief funds. Do all of the following apply to you?

  • Live in New York State now;

  • Have lived in New York State since before March 27, 2020;

  • Worked at least 15 hours per week before losing your income or wages;

  • Have at some point between February 23, 2020 and April 1, 2021 lost 50% or more of your wages or income because of:

    • COVID-related unemployment, partial unemployment, or inability to work OR

    • COVID-related death or disability of breadwinner or major household source of income;

  • Be ineligible for Unemployment Insurance or federal COVID-related income relief; AND

  • Have earned $26,208 (gross) or less between April 19, 2020 and April 19, 2021.

Note: Receipt of 1 or more stimulus checks does not impact your eligibility for the fund. You can still apply even if you received stimulus payments.

You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Applying for the Excluded Worker Fund DOES NOT count toward Public Charge.

If you are paid in cash / off the books and do not have any of the documents listed in the checklist, there is no solution for you for now. We are advocating very hard for a solution for cash earners - help us by calling your legislators and telling them you are having this issue!

What does the Excluded Worker Fund offer?

  • Tier 1: $15,600 pre-taxes ($300 per week for 52 weeks)

  • Tier 2: $3,200 pre-taxes (equal to the 3 federal stimulus checks). Workers ineligible for Tier 1 can qualify for this tier

Note: Recipients will pay 5% of the benefit in state taxes. Fund payments may be subject to federal taxes. Please consult an accountant or attorney for tax advice.

When and how can I apply?


The Excluded Workers Fund will not charge you a fee to apply.

Will the Department of Labor share my personal information with immigration enforcement agencies?

No. There are criminal penalties for disclosing any documents, including those from employers, submitted as part of your application to any government agencies, including ICE. Your documents will only be used for determining eligibility and will not be shared with anyone outside of the application process, unless to comply with a judicial warrant or court order.



Click here to go to Application Requirements