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BiCon 2008 Helping Hand Fund
BiCon has a long history of making access a priority. The Helping Hand Fund exists to enable people who are experiencing a financial or accessibility hardship which without support would prevent them from attending BiCon.
BiCon is a volunteer-organised, non-profit event which receives no funding other than registration and booking fees. The helping hand fund is provided by the community through donations and the surplus of previous BiCons.
BiCon welcomes donations to the helping hand fund, and will keep the identity of donors confidential. If you would like to make a donation to the 2008 Helping Hand Fund you may do so by Cheque, BACS or PayPal - either alongside or separately from a BiCon registration payment.
Please can you let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org that the entirety or which part of your payment is a donation to the fund so we can keep our accounts accurate. Donations to the Helping Hand Fund will be listed as a total-amount in the final BiCon 2008 accounts.
Guidelines and Current Proposal
The Guidelines for BiCon organisers: section B.4 covers the Helping Hand (Equality) Fund.
"BiCon should be made as accessible as possible to people on low incomes and/or with special needs. Means should include: a variable price scheme/sliding scale, an Equality Fund and one-day tickets. These methods should all be well publicised. The Equality Fund should be used to remove or alleviate obstacles that could prevent people from attending BiCon."
At BiCon 2007, it was proposed that a footnote to guideline B.4 above be added:
"The intent is not that the Equality Fund be how unwaged people generally attend BiCon."
This proposal was intended to stress the importance of making BiCon accessible to those on low incomes, irrespective of the Helping Hand Fund.
BiCon 2008's Helping Hand Fund
As promised at BiCon 2007, the BiCon 2008 team has undertaken an analysis of several previous BiCons' costs and worked to ensure that the BiCon 2008 prices are as accessible as possible.
Unwaged registration and three nights of standard accommodation is only £100
To apply for Helping Hand Funding, please fill out this Helping Hand Fund Application Form which enables us to treat each applicant comparably and fairly.
Helping Hand Funding Allocations will be decided in four batches so early applicants will not have to wait too long for a funding offer:
Email Natalya at email@example.com if you wish to make a Helping Hand Application after 15th August.
Guidelines for Funding Allocation
In order to maximise the funding available, the 2008 helping hand fund will only provide funding for registration and standard accommodation costs, unless an ensuite room is required for accessibility reasons.
Helping hand funding is only available for the full costs of BiCon registration and accommodation for a PA/carer who is not attending any part of BiCon in their own right.
BiCon 2008 cannot provide funding towards the cost of travel to and from BiCon.
Realistic allocations might include:
These are some fictional applicants who might be helped by the Helping Hand Fund.
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