A mutual aid fund for Black people living throughout Nova Scotia
This fund was created on March 17, 2020 to serve Black community members in Nova Scotia impacted by COVID-19. Due to a recent influx in donations, we are continuing to support applications from Black community members in need.
We will be providing a one-time stipend of $100 to Black community members in Nova Scotia through an online application process. Applicants will only be permitted to apply once.
This is a mutual aid fund for Black individuals living throughout Nova Scotia. Specifically, the intention is to support individuals whose lives are impacted by unexpected costs such as funds for basic necessities (food, childcare, rent, utilities); for loss of income for artists, freelancers, and gig economy workers; for seniors and the elderly, persons with disabilities; and for those already facing daily challenges of capitalism and precarious housing.
We especially encourage African Nova Scotians living in rural areas to apply.
An additional 250 applications will be supported via e-transfer. We will continually update community members and donors on the status of the funds on the GoFundMe page, as well as provide a regular accounting of all funds received and disbursed. After these applications have been received and fulfilled, we will meet to discuss disbursements of the remaining funds.
The remaining applications are currently being processed.
*OUR COMMUNITY TRUST SYSTEM*
This fund is based on a shared community trust system. We want to reduce the barriers that invasive questions do to accessing support, while being accountable and transparent to the community and to our donors.
We want to honour this commitment by trusting that those who have the means will not apply and will leave this fund for those who are faced with undue hardships right now.
To preserve each other's privacy and dignity, we will never publish the names or personal details of recipients, but will give periodic updates to our community through the GoFundMe site on 1) the donations received, 2) the amounts disbursed, and 3) the number of individuals who have been served by this fund.
This community fund was initiated and facilitated by Lynn Jones, Twila Grosse, El Jones, and Rachel Zellars, a group of community organizers, activists, and scholars located in Halifax, NS. The community funds raised on this website will be withdrawn directly by Rachel Zellars into a separate account. The funds will be distributed via e-transfer after Lynn Jones, Twila Grosse, El Jones, and Rachel Zellars together review community applications and approve the e-transfers.
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