Emergency Financial Assistance

Binc helps bookstore owners, booksellers, and comic store employees and owners with unforeseen emergency financial needs. The Foundation assesses each request to determine how best to provide relief. If approved, grants are typically paid to third-party vendors.

Call 1-866-733-9064 or fill out our inquiry. We will be in touch within two business days.

Example Qualifying Events

  • domestic violence
  • funeral
  • natural disaster (fire, flood, earthquake, etc.)
  • man-made disaster (blackout, brownout)
  • homelessness and homelessness prevention
  • loss of household income due to emergency child or elder care
  • loss of household income due to death in the family
  • loss of household income due to disability
  • loss of household income due to disruption of business
  • loss of household income due to partner/spouse/household wage earner job loss
  • serious medical expense
  • utility shut-off and utility shut-off prevention
  • other (not sure if your situation qualifies? Please get in touch)

We also offer Matching Grants which expand our assistance options. Read more about Matching Grants here.

Assistance Inquiry

Please use this form to tell us about your situation. This is not an application. Someone from Binc will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • must be a regular full- or part-time bookseller or comic employee/owner at a bricks-and-mortar bookstore or comic shop in the United States, Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam
  • must have been employed for a minimum of 90 days
  • OR an employee of a bookstore or comic store closed which within the past 6 months (employee must have a minimum of 12 months tenure)
  • OR were employed by Borders Group in the year 2011
  • OR are the immediate family member of a deceased bookseller
  • AND are experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship resulting from a specific, qualifying life event.

Email us if you have any questions

The Binc Foundation strives to be fair, consistent, objective and professional when reviewing requests and making decisions. The employee is asked to complete a financial assistance application and to provide documentation related to their situation, including proof of their current monthly household income, expenses, and the specific qualifying event. This information is used to verify the financial emergency, and details are kept confidential.

Assistance is meant to help ameliorate a problem and move the individual back to financial equilibrium.

How Binc’s Assistance Process Works


“On the night of September 9, 2019 my beautiful bookstore burned to the ground along with the entire aisle I was in at The Market of Marion. My husband’s job was also lost since he managed a store across from me. This was devastating and frightening. The Indie Bookseller Group on Facebook told me about Binc. They addressed my concerns immediately and have already paid some urgent bills for us. I cannot thank them enough.”

—Janet Cucharo, The Bookstore

“The Binc Foundation provided critical information and potentially-life-saving monetary assistance. How does one thank someone for that? I will keep my bookstore running strong, put my renewed strength into growing its reach, bringing books, ideas, words of insight and imagination to more and more people. That’s how I will try to express my profound gratitude.”

—The Booksmith

“I had a great experience with Binc. The organization was able to cover my lost wages due to some extenuating circumstances at our small independent bookstore. The process was quick and the approval process happened in the blink of an eye. I’ll forever be grateful for the funds and assistance that Binc provided us.”


“So grateful to Binc for helping me with an emergency dental surgery on such short notice! They even were able to compensate me for work missed for recovery. I would not have been able to have this procedure done and keep my apartment if it weren’t for BINC. Thank you!!”

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