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Requesting Dana

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How to make a Dana Request

To request Dana from the Trust, we ask you to complete a short Dana Request Form. This information is only seen by the Secretary and the Trustees. You can download the Dana Request 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.

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

Requesting Dana 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

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.

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.

The Secretary will confirm that your request has been received, and contact you, usually within two weeks, with the Trustees’ decision.

We give Dana to support spiritual practice in times of poverty and 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 Dana payments:

Amount Purpose
180 Support for a solitary retreat
200 Support for a retreat
460 Support for a retreat including travel
400 Support for a Buddhist life
487 Emergency support
505 Support for retreat and European Order weekend
765 Support to attend American Order Convention

Helping the Order in India

IndiaDid you know that applying to the Trust for Dana 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.