Anyone who believes they are eligible may apply while the fund is open. Approved applications (those that meet all of the eligibility requirements) are then selected at random. The randomized process means that everyone has an equal opportunity to apply and potentially be selected no matter when they apply.
Funds will be distributed shortly after approval, but will be dependent on the method chosen for disbursement.
- Direct Deposit: Funds can take up to a week in some cases to show up in a checking account.
- Virtual Pre-Paid Card: Those who select a virtual card will receive the card and information immediately upon approval. It will be available in the dashboard of where your application sits. This card can be used for any online transaction.
- Physical Pre-Paid Card: Those who select a physical card will have it mailed to the address on their application. Note: Once the card is received, it must be activated. Also, FII/UpTogether support teams have no way of providing balance details. It is recommended to keep track of spending on the card.