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How to request support

Get in touch with or download and complete a Request for Support Form – see below. We can also post a form to you if your prefer or complete a form over the phone 0044 (0) 7857 351818). The request is seen by our six Trustees and you will usually have a response within 7-10 days. Depending on the nature of the request, some requests can take longer but Taradakini will let you know if this is the case.

If we haven’t acknowledged your initial contact within 7 days, assume a technical glitch and phone or text 07857 351818. 

Download Request for Support Form

Download Request for support form as a Word document

Download Request for support form as a PDF document


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

Support Request guidelines

In the Request for Support Form we ask for enough information about your situation to our Trustees to make an informed decision. Your form is only read by the Trustees, whose names are listed on this website, and Taradakini, the applications manager.

We give support in times of hardship. Often this means financial help to pay for a retreat, a solitary retreat, or Order gathering, but we also offer help with urgent living costs and where money is not the issue.

If you’re not sure if your need meets our criteria, please contact Taradakini.

Here are some examples of past support payments:

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

Helping the Order in India

IndiaDid 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.