Financial Assistance

When You Need Help – Think Binc

The Binc Foundation was created by booksellers to help booksellers. That remains our dedicated mission, to help keep booksellers working in their bookstores by removing the financial pressures caused by an unexpected event. Below you will find examples of how the Foundation can help restore a household to financial equilibrium.

Even if you don’t think your  situation fits, Binc encourages all booksellers facing a personal financial crisis to email

Financial Assistance

The Binc Foundation offers assistance to booksellers facing unexpected financial hardships. Below is a list of the type of events that can cause an individual or family to fall behind on household bills.

  • Domestic violence
  • Funeral expenses
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Loss of household income due to:
    • death in the family
    • disability
    • disruption of business
    • divorce or separation
    • partner/spouse job loss
    • emergency child or elder care
  • Serious medical expenses
  • Utility shut-off prevention

This list is not all-inclusive, if you have experienced an event not listed, please contact Binc to discuss your specific need.

Once you are ready to apply, please fill out Binc’s Financial Assistance Application by clicking HERE.

To access the application form in Word click here (Word).

Matching Grants

The financial assistance programs offered by the Binc Foundation have been created to address as many financial emergencies as possible. Occasionally, a bookseller will need help in a situation not currently covered by Binc’s existing Financial Assistance programs.

The Matching Grant Program is designed to assist a bookstore employee experiencing a financial hardship outside of our core areas of assistance. Types of qualifying events that could qualify for a Matching Grant are auto repairs, insurance premiums, emergency home repairs, adoption and medical expenses.

Please contact Binc for more details and to discuss your specific need.

Disaster Assistance

A disaster may affect only a few individuals, such as a house or apartment fire, or an entire community, such as a flood, tornado, or hurricane. Whether it is help with evacuation and emergency services, or assistance to recover after the disaster, Binc is here to help.

Please Note: Disaster assistance is available for both individuals and for stores.

Please contact the Foundation to determine how we can help.

Contact Binc

Direct dial Kit Steinaway, Programs Manager: 734-477-1025

Call toll free: 866-733-9064


CLICK HERE for the expedited disaster assistance application.

Once you are ready to apply, please fill out Binc’s Financial Assistance Application by clicking HERE. After receiving the application, Kit or Pam will be in contact to discuss your current circumstances and to request additional documents as needed.

To access the application form in Word click here (Word).

If you don’t have access to a computer, call 866-733-9064 and we can complete your application over the phone.

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