:::::::::: The People's Trust Fund ::::::::::
THE PEOPLE'S PROM is the prom you never had in high school: it's a radical, community-oriented, anti-capitalist, queer, cross-dressing, gender-bending, bike-loving, slow-dancing, big dress-wearing, good time. The Prom is annual, it's in East Van, and it's always a fundraiser for creative resistance and direct action.
Other than a few thank you gifts, no one is paid to work prom. Everyone from the organizing committee, the people who cut out all the paper hearts, to the people cleaning up at the end are all volunteers. All funds raised goes towards the People’s Trust fund.
Anyone can apply for the People’s Trust Fund.
What kinds of projects have we funded through The People’s Trust Fund?
We've funded A LOT of projects over the past 15+ years. Some are:The Torch: Igniting Resistance 2010 magazineUnder the Volcano FestivalGrassroots Women – Women’s Liberation Studies courseNative 2010 Resistance projectTemporary Autonomous Shelter CollectiveThe Bus Riders UnionUnist'ot'en CampSalish Sea Swim & Floatillaand countless smaller creative resistance projects
The PROM Fund is open to individuals, groups and organizations that challenge the current unjust economic, environmental and social systems while working towards social, economic or environmental justice. The trust funds exists to support projects that are often unable to obtain mainstream sources of funding. We support projects and initiatives that are achieved through creative resistance, direct action, education, and community-building.
This year The Peoples Trust Fund will support any individual, group and organization that is engaged in creative resistance or direction action projects in BC on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations focused on dismantling, addressing or mitigating the the collection of factors that enable sexual misconduct of all kinds. In other words:
FUCK RAPE CULTURE!
From the legal processes around sexual assault to the awkward spaces in negotiating consent, conversations are happening everywhere around the stereotypes, social expectations and gendered constructs that inform and misinform sexual exchanges. Whether we are talking about straight cis dating rituals or the disturbing rates of violence against trans people, there is a lack of tools and clarity around sex and consent that needs addressing. It’s not enough to blame the “bad apples” or alcohol anymore. It’s not acceptable to dismiss the subjective experience of others and it’s a distraction to dissect the “worthiness” of their accounts.
How will use funds from the People’s Prom to RESIST and take direct action towards change?!!
Who can apply?The People’s Trust Fund aims to support grassroots initiatives that cannot access mainstream sources of funding focus ona) direct actionb) community building and educationc) creative resistance
Any individual, groups or organization in BC is eligible. Indigenous individuals and groups are strongly encouraged to apply for the Trust Fund.
How is the funding Allocated?Individual project grants will range from $200-$2000 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.
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 31, 2018. Must be received by 12 midnight.
Funds will be allocated to successful projects after the vetting process.
Questions and applications can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease indicate Prom Trust Fund in subject line.