How to make a Request for Support
To request support from the Trust, we ask you to complete a short Request for Support Form. This information is only seen by the Secretary and the Trustees. You can download the Request for Support Form below or ask us to post one out to you. Or the Secretary can complete a form with you over the phone. The request is then circulated to our Trustees and you will usually have a response within two weeks. Depending on the nature of the request, some can take longer but the Secretary will let you know if this is the case.
Download Request for Support Form
Download Request for support form as a pdf
Download Request for support form as a Word document
You can return your Request for Support Form by post or email – our contact details are on the form. If you have any questions or need help with this form, or want a Request for Support Form posted to you, email email@example.com
Requesting Support on behalf of a friend
Many Order members may not think of applying for help themselves, but a good friend can see their need and apply on their behalf.
If you would like to apply on behalf of an Order friend, get in touch with The Secretary. We will need to confirm with your friend that they are happy for you to ask on their behalf. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Project grants (see also our Projects page)
The Trustees are keen to support or kickstart sangha projects which help a number of Order Members, especially in older age and sickness. We could, for example, provide funding for a feasibility study or put you in touch with like-minded people in the Triratna Community. Please contact us with your ideas and plans or use the project grant form.
Support Request guidelines
In the Request for Support form we ask for enough information about your situation to enable the Trustees to make an informed decision. Your form is only read by the Trustees, whose names are listed on this website, and the Secretary.
The Secretary will confirm that your request has been received, and contact you, usually within two weeks, with the Trustees’ decision.
We give financial support in times of hardship. Often this means paying for a retreat, a solitary retreat, or Order gathering, but we also help with urgent living costs and in emergencies.
If you’re not sure if your need meets our criteria, please contact the Secretary.
Here are some examples of past support payments:
|180||Support for a solitary retreat|
|200||Support for a retreat|
|460||Support for a retreat including travel|
|400||Support for a Buddhist life|
|505||Support for retreat and European Order weekend|
|765||Support to attend American Order Convention|
Helping the Order in India
Did you know that applying to the Trust for Support directly helps Order Members in India. Because 20 per cent of the total amount given to individuals outside India is set aside for distribution via The Abhayaratna Trust India Fund. This fund is dedicated to helping Dharmacharis and Dharmacharinis throughout India to go on retreat there.