Update! We are up and running but we don’t have a lot of funds right now so mostly we need donations. The good news is that our fiscal sponsor is not taking their cut on Mutual Funds so when you donate make sure to designate it is for our “Mutual Aid Fund”. We are compiling lists of other funds available here.
This fund is especially for folks who are already part of the CoG/Rad Care community* and we are requesting that folks who apply think of ways that they can give back specifically to the CoG/Rad Care community. We ask that folks plan on (but we are not requiring) dedicating the number of hours that would equal getting paid at $20 per hour (which is our base pay for everyone). These hours can be parsed out over time. This is how we wrote the grant to receive funds with the idealism that it will help propagate community connections during this time of intense isolation. Please do not look at this fund as a hand out.
We know many people are in situations where they don’t have the time/resources to pay it forward so if this is you that is totally fine to say also. But in general we are based on the concept of mutual aid – “a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions.” Mutual Aid is based on the idea of mutuality or reciprocity – in other words we hope that those who benefit will turn around and pay it forward. Since the term “mutual aid” is being misused so consistently right now we changed the name of our fund to a Mutual Liberation Fund to distinguish us from the charity projects happening now.
We are organized by marginalized individuals who hold intersectional identities and thus greatly dislike the oppressive concept of charity. Most of us are volunteering our time while working and trying to survive with marginalized identities during this time so not offering mutuality towards our efforts should come with some good reasoning.
Most awards will be $100 or less. We have a soft cap of $200 per person. For transparency we have $1000 to start and are already have more submissions than money (like most funds). We say soft because we do have some flexibility to increase this amount if you for instance need $250 to secure housing. The choice to approve any applications will come from a committee. This committee would also have to approve an increase in the amount to over $200 and this will depend on other applications.
*Privacy notice: Submissions are being cataloged through Protonmail. We are very aware and careful to protect your privacy and thus we are not using google or any other untrustworthy system for personal information.
You can also email us at radcare (at) riseup (dot) net or radcare (at) protonmail (dot) com.