In response to a class-action lawsuit filed by US developers, Apple announced a slew of modifications to the App Store last year.
In addition, Apple announced a Small Developer Assistance Fund, which would pay out between $250 and $30,000 to App Store creators earning less than $1 million per year. This help request for small developers must now be submitted by May 20.
The announcement was made on Apple’s Developer website. The following is an excerpt from the company’s statement:
Last year, Apple announced a $100 million fund to assist US small developers. Eligible developers have until May 20, 2022 to submit a request to an independent administrator to receive payment
The fund is open to all developers based in the United States who:
- Sold paid apps or in-app purchases (including subscriptions) through the App Store between June 4, 2015 and April 26, 2021; and
- Earned proceeds equal to or less than $1 million through the US storefront in each calendar year in which they had a developer account between 2015 to 2021.
Here’s what the company said when it announced the Small Developer Assistance Fund in August:
The Small Developer Assistance Fund created as part of the settlement will benefit over 99% of U.S. iOS developers, whose proceeds from app and in-app digital product sales through all associated accounts were less than $1 million per calendar year during the period from June 4, 2015 to Apr. 26, 2021. These developers can claim sums from the fund ranging between minimums of $250 to $30,000, based on their historic participation in the App Store ecosystem.
You can learn more about how to submit a request here.