In partnership with baristas building collective power, the Coworker Solidarity Fund is mobilizing financial support, in the form of $2,500 stipends, for workers at Starbucks who are engaged in workplace activism and organizing.

You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You are, or were, a shift supervisor or barista in retail stores and roasteries currently employed at Starbucks or who have been employed at Starbucks within the previous 12 months.
  • You are a worker who, with their coworkers, pushes your bosses to make lasting change to improve workplaces and the community at large;
  • You are 18 years or older;
  • You have a social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN);
  • You have a US bank account; and
  • You have not previously received a stipend from the Fund.


At this time, funding is only available for individuals and not organizations.

Applications are OPEN!

If you are a current or former Starbucks worker and are taking action to improve your workplace, you may qualify for a $2,500 cash stipend to support workplace change. (Please note these awards are subject to local, state, and federal taxes.)

About the Application Process


Submit Application.  Click the apply now button above, and fill out the application with the most compelling information you can share for your request to be considered. The application should take 10-20 minutes to complete and can be completed on any device.


Application Review. Eligible applications are reviewed by the Starbucks Worker Committee and Fund Staff who evaluate the applications based on the eligibility criteria (above) and the following acceptance criteria in deciding whether or not to recommend funding. This acceptance criteria was developed by the Worker Committee in partnership with the Fund’s board and staff: 

    • The extent to which an individual’s actions further the Fund pilot’s mission of fighting for safer and more equitable workplaces;
    • The extent to which an individual’s actions are aligned with the Fund’s values, including collective liberation from white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression.
    • The availability of funds; 
    • Anything else the Worker Committee deems relevant.
    • Unfortunately, not all applications that meet this criteria will be approved. 

The Starbucks Workers Fund will consider an individual’s application as well as any information about the individual publicly available or previously known to members of the Starbucks Workers Fund. 


Receive Decision Notice. Within 2 weeks of submitting your application, you will receive notice about your application to inform you of next steps.


Interview. If your application qualifies to move forward in the process, we will schedule a brief 30-minute phone or video interview to meet you and hear more about your activism. Applicants will have 2 weeks to schedule an interview.


Accept Payment Offer. If approved, payment will be offered to you and information will be requested for issuing your payment. Applicants will have 2 weeks to accept the terms and provide payment information.

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Receive Payment. The stipend will be processed within 2 weeks of receiving the completed payment form. After the stipend payment has been processed, you will receive the funds within 15 business days (up to 5 business days for ACH payments, and up to 15 business days for check payments). On average, recipients have received funding within 4-6 weeks of submitting their applications.


Use the Funds. The money will be in your possession to unleash your actions. We trust that you will choose how to best use the funds awarded to support your activism work. Examples include, but are NOT limited to:

    • Making critical payments like rent, groceries or bills when faced with retaliation for workplace activism.
    • Buying non-company tech (phone, laptop, software, etc.) to communicate safely.
    • Travel expenses for workers to attend strategic actions, training, meetings, etc.
    • Funding for communication materials for workplace activism.
    • Paying the fees to have a guest speaker present on issues related to activism.
    • Facilitating workplace organizing events (venues, tech platforms, etc.).
    • First-time legal fees for filing unfair labor practice charges.

1099. Payments from the Fund are considered taxable income. As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a W-9 and payments will be reported to the IRS. You will receive a 1099 in the following year, for your tax filing purposes.

If you have any questions about the application process, or whether you qualify, please visit our FAQ page, or contact us.

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