DiS Community Hardship Fund


#1
  1. The Drowned in Sound Community Hardship Fund (‘the fund’) is a collective fund created by members of the social board to provide discretionary financial assistance to each other in times of need. It is based on four core values:
  • solidarity
  • non-judgement
  • privacy
  • equality
  1. The fund is distributed by a small committee of social board users (‘the committee’) who assess eligibility and determine how much will be paid to recipients.

  2. The committee will be guided by the core values and make decisions on a case-by-case basis according to the following criteria:

  • Is this person in financial need?
  • What level funds are available at present?
  • What is the overall level of demand for the fund at present?
  1. Applicants are not required to provide proof of their financial need but should state their level of need and, where relevant, when they need the money by e.g. “I need £30 by next Friday”.

  2. ‘Financial need’ is to be interpreted broadly to include shortage of funds to pay for wellbeing related activities as well as utilities bills, food, and other ‘essentials’.

  3. Committee members will operate non-judgementally at all times.

  4. Any user of the social board who has been active for 6 months is eligible to apply to the fund and be considered for financial assistance.

  5. The maximum amount that will be paid to a recipient within a one month period is £100. In exceptional circumstances, a larger amount may be paid.

  6. The fund is limited and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  7. Recipients are not required to pay back money received. However, if a recipient is later in a stronger financial position, any contribution to the fund would be very welcome. This reflects the spirit of mutual assistance which the fund was created in.

  8. To apply for the fund, an applicant should send a private message to a member of the committee. Although committee members will aim to respond as soon as they can, it may not always be possible for them to provide an immediate response and processing any payments could take a number of days. If you do not want all committee members involved, please say this in your message. We will always meet requests for additional confidentiality measures. Committee members will never share any details of your message or anything that could identify you without your permission.

  9. To donate to the fund, you can make ad hoc payments or set up a direct debit. Please PM @tricklenipple to get the information on how to make a transfer. If you would prefer to use another method to donate, please get in touch with a committee member to discuss this.

  10. The fund will be considered to be in surplus when it reaches £500. When this happens, the surplus amount will be donated to a charitable cause(s). The exact charitable cause(s) will be determined by a poll of fund contributors (according to the principle of ‘one person one vote’).

  11. A decision to grant under £50 must be approved by at least three committee members. A decision to grant £50-100 must be approved by four committee members. A decision to grant over £100 must be approved by all committee members. A decision to grant to any committee member must be approved by all committee members.

  12. On the first day of every month, a committee member will give notification of: how many individual donations have been made, how many grants have been made, whether the fund is in surplus, whether the fund is running low (under £50) and how many grants have been made to committee members (if any).

The current committee:
@Aggpass
@tricklenipple
@Unlucky
@wewerewerewolvesonce
@ynot
@DarwinBabe (woman)
additional female point of contact @Flashinglight

all members will have the legend DiS Rainy Dayer next to their usernames.


#2

on behalf of the comittee i’d like to thank everyone for helping us to set this up. you are truly a GBOL.

to anyone who is struggling with their finances but who may feel uneasy or embarrassed about the fund - i really hope you will make use of it. there’s no shame in needing a hand. i know there have been loads of times in my own life where something like this would have been a godsend & i can’t imagine there are many people here who could say different.

we will be posting in this thread to let you know whenever the fund is used (keeping things anonymous) or whenever another issue arises that we think needs some input. as we go through the first few months of this there will be a bit of a learning process. if we feel any of the guidlines in the statement need changing or adapting we’ll ask for your opinons. if and when any members of the comittee wish to step down we will be asking for volunteers to take their place.

if you have any further coments or questions please ask in this thread or over pm to one of the commitee members as you prefer.

cheers mates.


#3

#4

I’d like to request £55 for a crate of DAB Dortmunder lagers and forty Regal.

I jest, of course.


#5

sooooooooooooooooooooooooo how does 1 contribute to the fund?


#7

Just fyi it might be good to always use an obvious reference when making bank transfers. If you want it known, use your username. This will obviously be kept confidential as well as any irl name on the account. If you want to donate anonymously I guess that would be fine too but might be a little obvious if you’ve PMd for bank details.


#9

Fantastic idea.

Could never actually imagine asking for money (some issues need addressing there I think) but there will be people in much more need than myself in any case.


#10

Is there to be a monthly update on how often this is being used/what the balance is etc? If it’s popular and is serving a purpose I think people will be more likely to join in.


#11

the plan was to post in this thread whenever the fund is used, or when we hit the threshold for giving some to charity, not to post the balance publicly otherwise, but to have the fund committee be updated on what’s in the pot.

the thinking behind not posting the balance was that we don’t want having a lack of funds in place making people hesitant to use the fund when we could possibly ask around for donations.

if you all aren’t happy with that want to know the amount in the fund i think that’d be fine too. @DisRainyDay *

anon poll

  • post running total in thread
  • don’t post running total in thread

0 voters

*if anyone is reading this who wants to be part of things and didn’t get notified by the group @ there please add yourself to the group here https://community.drownedinsound.com/groups xx


#12

I’d be okay with just:

  • a brief update each month stating that the fund had been used x times (not interested in any further details).

  • an occasional bit of info about when we’ve donated any surplus to a charity (i think it would be an idea to have a set percentage of the pot - 25% maybe - each month rather than a lump sum less regularly, but happy to go with the flow).


#13

yeah i think a monthly update whether or not it’s been used is a good idea, for visibility if nothing else.

currently we’re going with 20% of the pot when it hits the upper limit, see how that goes for now. gonna need to see where the balance is - i’d be hesitant to do a percentage of the pot no matter how much is in it just in case we’re at the lower end and don’t have enough for someone who wants to use the fund iykwim.

think a good idea is to set a date for having a talk through how things are working and if we want to change things up… call it 2 months from now - 01/06?


#14

btw just fyi, we definitely have enough already if anyone needs to use it

(but are nowhere near the maximum so keep any donations coming :wink: )


#15

Ah yeah, good point, can definitely see how reporting the balance might put people off using the fund.

I don’t think it’d hurt to post a monthly/quarterly figure of how much has been used, would definitely help to evidence its usefulness and might attract non-regular posters to get involved.


#16

Added two new points - 14 and 15. Please read.


#17

hello! I’m gonna be offline for a week or so. please contact one of the other committee members rather than me. thanks.


#18

#19

Just wanted to give people a heads up that I would be totally cool with someone taking over being a point of contact/decision maker for this. would anyone like to take my place?

I’m trying to cut back on my responsibilities

@Flashinglight would you want to do this? I know you’re already involved but would it be something you are interested in doing? it doesnt involve much work at all. just sending a few messages every now and again and checking that people receive money, communicating that to others etc.


#20

also thank you again to everyone who has donated to this

you have genuinely really helped people so thank you