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Peace and Social Justice Fund

 

Peace and Social Justice Fund

Peace & Social Justice Fund
The Peace & Social Justice Fund provides financial support to Quaker peace committees and to individual
Members and Attenders to implement the peace and social justice Concerns of the Society. These include
reconciliation, disarmament, non-violent conflict resolution and improving race relations, in addition to other
aspects of the Society’s work and witness for peace and social justice.
Allocations from the Fund are used mainly to encourage Friends to undertake activities on behalf of the
Concerns just mentioned, notably by paying administrative expenses, equipment, travel costs, publication costs,
conference fees and the costs of employment by Australia Yearly Meeting of peace and social justice workers.
This applies to individual Friends, but also to Regional Meetings and AYM projects or AYM Committees. The
Fund may also support similar projects, even if not directly connected with Quakers, if sponsored by a Regional
Meeting.
Normally it may not be used for ongoing projects that require extended management.
The capital of the Peace & Social Justice Fund is built up mainly by donations from members of the various
Worship Groups, occasionally as bequests (5.6.9). The committee may also seek to raise money from
philanthropic and other sources outside the Society.
Administration of the Fund is through a committee of Members and Attenders who are committed to peace
and social justice and knowledgeable about Australia Yearly Meeting The committee operates in a similar way to
the Thanksgiving Fund (5.6.3), under the care of a host Regional Meeting appointed by Yearly Meeting. It meets
at least twice each year.
To encourage patient discernment and measured action in Quaker witness, the Peace & Social Justice Fund
Committee normally does not respond to urgent requests for money. If a rapid decision has to be made, a Local
or Regional Meeting may decide to provide the requested support itself and then apply for possible
reimbursement from the Fund.
Grants from the Fund can be made directly by the committee. A single grant of more than 10% of the Fund’s
capital requires the agreement of the Presiding Clerk, the AYM Secretary, the AYM Treasurer and one Regional
Meeting Clerk or the agreement of Standing Committee. Grants of more than 20% of the Fund’s capital in one
calendar year also require the agreement of the AYM Presiding Clerk, the AYM Secretary, the AYM Treasurer and
one Regional Meeting Clerk or the agreement of Standing Committee. [YM15.29].

Download an application form (pd98Kb)

Complete the application online. If Your submission is very extensive you may have to send an attachment

The Committee should make a decision as soon as practical, and not more than four months from the date of lodgement of the application.

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