We are in this together. The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund is here to help team members get through financial hardships. If you’re here and need help, we want to ensure that you have the information you need to effectively navigate the application process. Below you’ll find an overview of program eligibility and a few FAQs that will help you apply.
We’re here to help. If you are an eligible team member in a difficult situation due to eligible events (catastrophic disasters and personal hardships) and need temporary assistance, you can apply confidentially for a relief grant from The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund. Global, full-time and part-time Zimmer Biomet team members at Z08 level and below are eligible to apply. Below are answers to FAQs and instructions on “How to Apply.”
What is The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund?
The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund is an effort designed to support our colleagues with the most pressing financial need. It is a coordinated effort to support our colleagues around the world while complying with local employment, tax and other applicable laws. With financial support from the Zimmer Biomet Foundation, the Fund is run by E4E Relief.
Who administers this Fund?
The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund is managed by E4E Relief, a third-party administrator. E4E Relief is a wholly owned subsidiary of Foundation For The Carolinas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 20 years, E4E Relief has been the leading provider of unique, charitable business solutions to respond to crisis and hardships quickly and efficiently.
E4E Relief will manage the grant processing and all administrative aspects of the relief fund, including final determinations on the individuals receiving grants and amount of funding relief to be granted. This ensures confidentiality and impartial decision-making. Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation are not making grant selections.
What team members are eligible to apply?
Global, full-time and part-time Zimmer Biomet team members at Z08 level and below will be eligible to apply for relief via The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund.
Is my event an eligible event?
Eligible events (documentation is required to fully vet the event and expenses):
- Infectious Disease
- Domestic Abuse
- Car Accident
- Death (employee, extended family, spouse/partner or dependent)
- Spouse/partner loss of job/income
- Unscheduled loss of child support or alimony
- House Fires
- Event determined by Secretary of Treasury to be catastrophic nature
- Presidentially and non-Presidentially declared disasters (hurricanes, wildfires, floods)
- Terrorist, War or Military action
- Accident of common carrier
- Personal disaster (isolated tornadoes, sinkholes)
- Home damage (burst pipes, leaks)
- Eviction/loss of housing (due to landlord failure to pay)
Ineligible Events include:
- Denied health insurance claims
- Short-term illness
Are my expenses eligible?
Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Evacuation/quarantine expenses such as: food, clothing, hotel lodging, etc.
- Housing such as: repairs, rent/mortgage, temporary assistance, etc.
- Transportation expenses such as: mileage, repairs, car payment, etc.
- Household contents
- Medical/funeral expenses
- Counseling (if not covered under the employee’s benefits)
The event and expenses must have occurred after the applicant's hire date and within twelve months of the eligible event's occurrence. For short-term evacuation expenses related to a catastrophic disaster, a team member must submit the request for assistance within 45 days of the event’s occurrence.
What are ineligible expenses?
The following are examples of expenses that DO NOT qualify for assistance:
- Lost compensation due to reduced hours or missed time from work and/or their spouse/domestic partner
- Legal fees, garnishments or expenses associated with divorce or custody cases such as loss of Alimony
- Credit card or personal loan debt
- Elective medical procedures, expenses or denied health insurance claims
- Insurance premiums or items covered by insurance policies
- Routine automobile/home repair or those due to deferred maintenance
The event and expenses must have occurred after the applicant's hire date and within twelve months of the eligible event's occurrence.
Can I apply for multiple grants?
Only one grant can be awarded for each eligible, approved team member per eligible event.
What is the grant amount?
The grant amount awarded varies, depending on a number of factors, including event and demonstrated need. The maximum grant for each eligible, approved team member is $3000 (USD) per eligible event. The 12-month maximum for each team member is $6,000 (USD) and the lifetime maximum per team member is $10,000 (USD).
Do I have to repay the grant?
No. Grants provided through the Fund are not loans and do not have to be repaid.
Do I pay taxes on the grant if awarded to me?
For U.S. grant recipients, a grant generally will not result in taxable income (i.e., will not show up on your W2).
For recipients outside the U.S., please check with your local tax authority for more information.
Can I submit an application on behalf of another team member in need?
Yes, it is possible for someone (preferably a family member or manager) to apply on behalf of another team member by selecting “Proxy for Another” in the application.
What number do I use for the Employee ID number required in the application?
Enter your SAP ID Employee number.
If I am awarded a grant, how will the grant payment be sent to me?
In the application, U.S. team members can elect to either be paid by check or electronically via Zelle, which is typically faster. Visit zellepay.com or download the Zelle app for instructions on using Zelle to receive your grant payment.
Team members outside the U.S. will be paid via Western Union.
How will personal information I share be used?
Personal information you submit, such as name, contact information, information about your needs and financial information, will be used by the Fund’s processor, E4E Relief, in order to administer The Power of Us Team Member Relief Fund, including accepting donations and awarding relief grants. E4E may also share personal information as needed to administer the fund, including to its third-party payment processor and other vendors, and to Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation. Personal information submitted in connection with donations with “Anonymous Payment” selected on the Giving Page will be not be shared with Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation. Zimmer Biomet and the Zimmer Biomet Foundation will not have access to personal information submitted through the grant application process unless applicants elect to share it.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
If you have additional questions, please call the E4E Relief grant specialists at 1 (833)721-0831 (US Callers), 1 (980) 276-3819 (International Callers), or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
How to Apply
Step 1 Click the "Start New Application" button - Create an online account or log in (if you have already created an account) to access the application page, complete the application with the requested information.
Step 2 Submit your application - Complete the requested information and upload the required supporting document(s) and submit for review.
Step 3 Breathe Easier - A grant specialist will review your application and contact you if more information is required.
What Happens Next?
Once your application is received, you will receive a notification confirming your application has been submitted. If additional information is necessary to move forward, you will receive an email outlining what documentation our team needs. Upon receipt of all supporting documentation, a grant specialist will review and make a decision regarding your request. If approved, a grant distribution will be made based on your payment preference selected in the application. You can check back daily to see the progress of your application as it moves through the review process.