The GARA Black Annual Fund
The GARA (Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action) Black Annual Fund is a fund of £20,000 won by the GARA occupation. The fund is for the benefit of black students and community members who will be able to use the fund to put on events or projects.
More About GARA
GARA, a Black and PoC led student protest group, began organising in March 2019 in response to racist attacks on a candidate in our SU elections. This proved a lightning rod for students to share experiences of racism on campus, and on the 12th March, GARA began an occupation of Deptford Town Hall in protest over the failure of senior management to demonstrate a meaningful commitment to tackling institutional racism on campus. The occupation, which lasted four-and-a-half months, was something we, Goldsmiths SU, backed.
During the occupation, Deptford Town Hall was a hub not just for activism but for the local community. Crucially GARA strived to cultivate a community beyond the institution that included the local community, so they held many events that were open to the public as well as to students. It was also a place where students came together and felt united. The LGBTQ+Society at Goldsmiths was also founded in Deptford Town Hall during this time. Those protesting created an amazing space - there were study rooms, quiet rooms, prayer and wellbeing rooms, and free food and drink.
After a mighty 137 days of occupation, the Warden and SMT agreed to the demands made by GARA. They signed a statement of commitment, which you can read in full, promising to work towards these demands to the best of their ability.
One of the demands made by GARA was for an annual fund of £20,000 to be created by the university for Black history events. The GARA Black Annual Fund is the fulfilment of this demand!
Find out everything you need to know about GARA here.
About the Panel
Every application is reviewed by a panel comprised of two Sabbatical Officers, one member of the African Caribbean Society ACS, one representative from the Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action group (GARA) and one Black Students' Part Time Officer. This panel meets once per calendar month to review and accept applications.
Sara Bafo (she/her) is the Welfare and Liberation Officer at Goldsmiths Students' Union.
Fowsia Kadiye (she/her) is the Education Officer at Goldsmiths Students' Union.
Paris Williams (she/her) is the President of the African Caribbean Society at Goldsmiths.
Lara Pereira (she/her) is a core representative of the Goldsmiths Anti Racist Action group.
We are currently expecting an additional panel member to be elected through the Part Time Officer Elections in Spring.
Your Questions, Answered
Who is eligble for this fund?
This fund is open to students currently enrolled at Goldsmiths who identify as Black (African Caribbean) and Black community members who are working with at least one student currently enrolled at Goldsmiths. If you are unsure of your eligibility please email us to ask!
What is the upper monetary limit per application?
The maximum amount to be awarded to a single application is £2500.
What is the upper limit of applications accepted per term?
There is no limit on the number of applications accepted per term.
What is the max amount of people who can apply at once or on one project?
There is no limit on the amount of people who can apply under one project.
How frequently will the panel meet?
The panel will meet once per calendar month.
What are the dates the panel will meet?
These are to be confirmed, once they are confirmed the dates will be displayed on this page.
How is the fund paid to the recipient?
The amount in the application is paid directly to the student upon receipt of a signed contract stating that the recipient will spend the money as directed in their application.
When does the fund open?
1st December 2020.
When does the fund close?
1st June 2021.
When is the deadline for applications?
Applications are accepted between 1st December 2020 and 1st June 2021 with a rolling deadline – this means that each month there will be a deadline for submitting to the panel meeting in that month, with applications after this cutoff point rolling over to the next month. Applications made after 1st June 2021 will roll over to the next academic year 2021/22 (1st September 2021).
How do I apply?
Please see below for instructions on how to apply.
If you have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Download the application pack and complete it. You can request a meeting with a member of staff to help you if you like!
- Return your completed application pack to us at email@example.com.
- Our staff team will collate and put forward all applications made that month to the panel in their monthly meeting.
- The panel will review all applications and accept or request more information.
- Our staff team will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application.
- Once your application has been successful, you will be given a contract and asked for your bank details to receive the funding.
- You will receive the funding and your project will go ahead with Students' Union staff and mentor support. We will help you complete your project as well as collect evaluative feedback and evidence for transparency and accountability with our members and the University.