Application for Financial Support
Thank you for expressing interest in an upcoming course with Santa Cruz Permaculture!

My intentions with the financial support program are to increase the access to permaculture education, and build capacity for future permaculture teachers and designers in communities which have historically not been included in the permaculture movement and yet whose cultural wisdom is very much aligned with permaculture.

Permaculture is based on natural patterns and indigenous wisdom from communities worldwide in order to create sustainable human settlements. However, due to colonialism and many other forms of oppression, many communities and cultures that have been rooted for centuries in the social and ecological knowledge used by permaculture practitioners, ironically and sadly, do not have access to much of that knowledge today. Despite permaculture's intentions and origins, it is mainly a middle class white persons movement in America (less so internationally). If the permaculture project is to succeed in America - locally or nationally - the movement will need to confront this pattern and take action. Thus I seek to build relationships with people who are seriously interested in developing the capacity to teach permaculture, and “take permaculture home” to practice with their community land base.

I have to work with financial constraints that include my need to pay instructors and cover costs of materials, thus I do not offer my courses for free. We do not yet have an active scholarship fund and yet I am committed to my stated intentions. Therefore, my invitation is for us to both think creatively and partner together in order to make something work.

When filling out this application, please write whatever is on your heart and mind. There are no right or wrong answers that I am looking for, I'm just looking to get a better sense of who you are. If writing is not your thing, please email me at and we can complete this application together by phone.

- David Shaw
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Name *
Where do you live? *
City and state
Your age *
What pronouns do you use? *
What ethnicities do you identify with?
Phone *
Email *
If you have a relevant website, LinkedIn, and/or online biography or portfolio please include them here.  
Name and start date of the program you are requesting scholarship for *
How did you hear about the course? *
Amount of scholarship you are requesting (How much the program costs, and how much you would like to pay in $) *
Tell us why this is an important time in your life to enroll in this particular program. In other words what calls you to this program right now? How are you hoping this program will facilitate your own development? *
If you have done a previous Santa Cruz Permaculture program, tell us a bit about how you benefited from the program, and something about the way you integrated the experience into your life. *
If you work with any land based communities currently please list them here, as well as what capacities you work in (as a land steward, community organizer, leader, etc.) (optional)
How will you use what you learn here? What communities do you want to work with? What populations would you like to teach? *
Tell us about your current financial situation as it relates to your need for financial support to participate in this program. No apologies necessary, just tell us about your current situation. For example, if you are not employed now or have not been for some time, why not? What are your future financial plans? Include anything that might help us understand your need to financial assistance. *
Are you interested in work trade, either with Santa Cruz Permaculture or with our guest instructors? If so, what skills and capacities would you like to contribute? Please be specific. *
What do you feel you will bring to the program? What would we miss out on if you were not part of this cohort? ​ *
Please use this space to share and comments or questions you have. (optional)
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