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Applications for 'Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund' due Wednesday

In order to receive a payment from the 5/14 Survivors Fund, eligible applicants must file an application online.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Wednesday is the last day to submit an application for the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund.

The fund was created to provide financial assistance to victims' families and others directly impacted by the Buffalo mass shooting on May 14 at the Tops grocery store on Jefferson Avenue. So far more than $4 million has been raised.

New details were released last month in a nine-page "Final Protocol Overview" about the eligibility requirements for the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund. Individuals have been deemed "eligible for payment" if they were physically present in the grocery store or inside the parking lot at the time of the shooting and meet other requirements.

The five categories of eligibility are legal heirs of those killed, anyone who suffered a gunshot wound, those who suffered other physical injuries, anyone who suffered psychological trauma and was at the store, and Tops employees of the Jefferson Avenue store who were not present at the time of the shooting.

These categories were created by a 28-member local steering committee using input from the community.

According to the document, "the level of benefits paid within each category of eligibility is determined by the steering committee." In addition, the legal heirs of the 10 victims killed in the shooting will receive the highest level of payment.

In order to receive a payment from the 5/14 Survivors Fund, eligible applicants must file an application online. The applications will be available Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m., and must be submitted by Sept. 14.

Below, more information about the 5/14 Survivors Fund can be found on its website.

You can read the entire nine-page document below:

Members of the steering committee, including Reverend Mark Blue, say their priorities, since day one remain, trying to help as many people who were directly impacted as possible, "We've taken great due diligence in trying to make sure that any and all who are eligible apply...and that's the most important thing." 

   

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