How to request dana
It’s pretty straightforward to request a Dana Payment from the Trust. We ask you for some written details via a form to get a picture of your situation. This information is kept confidential. You can download the Dana Request Form from this site or ask us to post one out to you. The Secretary can also complete a form for you over the phone. The Trustees take a look at the requests from individual Order members when they meet, currently four times a year. In emergencies they consider Dana Requests outside these meetings. The next ‘deadline’ for forms to be received by the Secretary is 15 February 2014.
You can return your Dana Request 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 Dana Request Form posted to you, email email@example.com
Requesting dana on behalf of a friend
Many Order members may not think of applying for help for 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, we will confirm with them that they are happy for you to do so, and that they want what is being requested. To apply on behalf of someone else, have a look at the Dana Request form above and then email the Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project grants (see also our Projects page)
The Trustees are keen to support 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 other development costs. Please contact us with your ideas and plans or use the project grant form.
Dana Request guidelines
In the Dana Request 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, Taradakini.
There are four funding meetings a year, with an Dana Request deadline a week or so before each meeting. The ‘deadlines’ for requests to be submitted are elsewhere on this website and in Shabda. The Secretary will confirm that your request has been received, and contact you soon after the meeting with the Trustees’ decision.
We aim to give dana to support spiritual practice in times of hardship. Often this means paying for a retreat, a solitary retreat, or Order event, but we have also helped purchase disability equipment, hearing aids, and a heater, and paid for medical travel and urgent living costs.
If you’re not sure if your need meets our criteria, please contact the Secretary.
Here are some examples of past dana 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|
|2000||Support for disability equipment|
Did you know?
Applying to the Trust for dana directly helps Order members in need in India. Why? Because 20 per cent of the total amount given to individuals at each trustee meeting is set aside for distribution to the Order in India. We are working with the Indian Order convenors to distribute funds there, especially to help Dharmacharis and Dharmacharinis to go on retreat.