February 25, 2007

People's Trust Fund

Well, now that the party is safely over and you're struggling in the throws of real life again, you're probably wondering about the People's Trust Fund.

The final numbers of how much money was raised at this year's Prom aren't in yet, but rest assured that all money above costs is given away to community organizing efforts.
Want to apply for funds? Read on!

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People's Trus
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For the last seven years, the People's Prom, held on Valentine's Day, has been a night of fun and celebration, a chance to enjoy a DIY Prom. Most importantly, the People's Prom is a fundraiser for counter-hegemonic political action and creative resistance.

Objective: The People's Trust Fund is open to all community-based groups and organizations engaged in counter-hegemonic political action and creative resistance. The Trust Funds offers funding to projects that are often unable to attain mainstream sources of funding.

Who can apply? The People's Trust Fund aims to support grassroots initiatives that focus on
a) direct action
b) counter-hegemonic community building
c) creative resistance

The Trust Fund is available to groups or organizations throughout British Columbia.

How is the funding Allocated? Applicants are expected to generate revenues from other sources other than the People's Trust Fund. The annual Trust Fund budget ranges from $1000 to $2000. Individual project grants will range from $200-$800 depending on the scale of the project. All Trust Fund money must be used within 6 months of receiving it, otherwise the cheque will be stale-dated).

The Trust Fund cannot go towards:

Overhead: staff costs, rent, utility bills.

How to Apply: Provide a detail application including the following information. (feel free to cut and paste)

Title of Initiative:
Project Summary:

Amount requested from the People's Trust Fund:

Project Budget (please attach a detailed budget, for examples of budgets, see our website http://peoplesprom.resist.ca):

Have you previously received funding from the Trust Fund? Please indicate what activity it funded:

Where else have you gone for funding:

How long has your group/organization been active? Have you worked on any other projects? If so, what were they?:

Contact Information:

Who should the cheque be made out to and sent to what address?

Additional information:

How will applicants be evaluated? The People's Trust Fund is overseen by the Prom Committee. Trust Funds are limited and shared between multiple community-based projects. The Prom Committee looks at the following criteria:

How would this initiative benefit the community?

Does it demonstrate creativity or uniqueness in the outcome?

How complete is the plan for delivering the activity?

Will this initiative have trouble getting funding from other sources?

Deadline: March 15th 2007. Must be received by 9pm.

Questions and applications can be directed to: peoplesprom(at)resist.ca Please indicate Trust Fund in subject line. Or mail to

PO Box 88455 418 Main St.

Vancouver BC V6A 4A6

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