This information is about the 2018 Gathering. Check back in mid-winter 2019 for information specific to the 2019 Gathering at Grinnell College.
Read general information about 2018 Financial Aid before reading detailed information below.
On this page, read about 2018 scholarship assistance for:
- First-Time Attenders
- Returning Attenders
- Families, Youth, and Young Adults
- Friends from Unaffiliated meeting/yearly meetings, including Pacific and North Pacific Yearly Meetings
- Pacific/North Pacific Newcomers
- Bayard Rustin Fund : Gathering Travel Support Fund for People of Color
- Scholarships from Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
- Special assistance for young adults from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
- Exceptions to the Scholarship Maximum
- Scholarships for Pre-Gathering Events
If you receive a scholarship from your monthly, quarterly, or yearly meeting, you are eligible for a matching FGC scholarship (up to established maximums) as long as funds remain. FGC's scholarship may exceed the amount of this match. If your meeting is not able to provide as much assistance as it would like, a letter or email from the meeting will increase the likelihood of FGC meeting your financial need. For example, if your meeting can only give $50 but wishes it could give $300, FGC would like to know. If you have not attended an FGC Gathering for at least 15 years, we will consider you eligible for a first-time attender scholarship.
Without a scholarship or a letter from your meeting, financial aid from FGC will be minimal (approximately half of your program fee).
Teen and young adult first-time attenders (up to age 35) who identify as Quakers and are not connected to a meeting will receive priority scholarship assistance if they have a current or recent affiliation with a Quaker organization (e.g., school, camp, or Quaker employer) in the region of an affiliated yearly meeting.
Friends from unaffiliated meetings in North Pacific and Pacific Yearly Meetings are eligible for the Pacific/North Pacific Newcomers Scholarship.
Returning attenders may apply for FGC scholarships whether or not they receive financial assistance from their meeting. You are encouraged to request support from your meeting so that FGC may extend its support to more people.
FGC scholarships for families and youth will continue to be awarded after other funds have been fully disbursed. For the purposes of this scholarship, a family consists of any party eligible for the Family Discount. "Youth and young adults" means anyone 35 years or younger. These funds are awarded via the standard application process which starts by completing the registration form.
Friends from Unaffiliated Meetings/Yearly Meetings including Pacific and North Pacific Yearly Meetings
FGC is an organization of fifteen yearly meetings or regional groups and twelve directly affiliated monthly meetings. See the complete list here. Pacific Yearly Meeting is not affiliated with FGC (Davis, Sacramento and Grass Valley Meetings are directly affiliated), and North Pacific Yearly Meeting is not affiliated (Olympia is directly affiliated). The conservative yearly meetings are not affiliated, except that some North Carolina Conservative Meetings are affiliated via their membership in Piedmont Friends Fellowship. Many other yearly meetings are also not affiliated.
Friends from affiliated meetings who register by April 30 have priority access to FGC scholarship funds. This means that Friends from unaffiliated meetings who register during April will only have their scholarship requests considered on May 1, with these exceptions:
- Volunteers who need financial assistance to supplement their workgrant
- Western Friends who qualify for the Pacific/North Pacific Newcomers Scholarship
- Western young adults and children who qualify for a Western Travel Grant
Travel Support Fund for People of Color This fund provides funds to support travel for Friends of Color. This assistance may be for travel to attend the FGC annual gathering, travel to attend People of Color gatherings, or for travel to participate in committee work of FGC. The fund is designed to ensure that Friends of Color can fully participate in the work and retreat opportunities FGC offers. The fund was initiated by a generous gift from Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns. View Bayard Rustin Fund application.
Given the limited amount of money we have available for grants, and in our attempt to provide equal support for Friends, we may not be able to grant continuous support for Friends who had received aid more than two times from Bayard Rustin Fund. We look forward to a future in which we will have fewer limitations on funding. We encourage those who were unable to receive aid to seek other avenues of support through their Monthly and Yearly Meetings, as well as other sources of financial assistance through FGC.
Starting July 1, 2018, all Friends requesting grants are required to submit a travel budget that fully details the amount of grant requested and how the funds received will be spent. We have provided a travel budget document that includes space to list all expenses and sources of funding. Unfortunately, due to our limited fund, only in exceptional circumstances will a grant exceed $300 for any given event. Go to the Bayard Rustin Fund Application Form to read more about how to download and submit BRF Travel Budget Form.
Thanks to a generous gift from a western donor, Friends from unaffiliated meetings in Pacific and North Pacific Yearly Meetings who have not attended the Gathering in the past 15 years are eligible for the Pacific/North Pacific Newcomers Scholarship, up to established maximums. These funds are designated specifically for newcomers from these two yearly meetings. Therefore, April registrants will have their scholarship request immediately considered.
Scholarships and Travel Grants from Pacific Yearly Meeting
Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends ages 14-25 may also apply to Pacific Yearly Meeting Young Friends Program for registration and travel assistance. Please contact PYM's Youth Coordinator at [email protected] or find further information at the Pacific Yearly Meeting website under youth resources.
This year Lake Erie Yearly Meeting has made available up to $8,000 to help LEYM Friends attend the FGC Gathering. Applications received by March 1 will be given first consideration. See the LEYM website for details on how to apply.
Thanks to a generous grant from PYM’s Travel & Witness Granting Group, four forms of supplemental financial aid are available to young adults, 18-35 years, from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PhlYM). Young adults in the PhlYM region are eligible, whether or not they are a member of a meeting.
Apply for this special assistance simply by stating your scholarship needs when completing your Gathering registration.
For PhlYM young adult First-Time Attenders and Long-Absent Attenders. If you have never attended the FGC Gathering, or you last attended in 2013 or earlier, then you are eligible for as much as a FULL basic scholarship while funds remain. A full scholarship covers your program fee, three meals a day in the cafeteria, and housing in a shared room without air conditioning, starting Sunday evening with dinner.
For all PhlYM young adults: There are scholarship funds available to assist in covering registration fees to attend the 2018 Gathering. Please include amount requested when registering.
Attending the Pre-Gathering Adult Young Friends (AYF) Retreat: All young adults in the PhlYM region may request a scholarship for the AYF retreat fee and associated housing costs.
Travel grants: All young adults in the PhlYM region may request a travel grant up to $300. Please include mode of transportation and amount needed when registering.
In addition to exceptions described above for certain Friends from Philadelphia and Pacific Yearly Meetings, the Gathering may exceed the scholarship maximum for a limited number of Friends experiencing financial hardship. Such exceptions are given to individuals or families that meet one or more of these criteria.
- Recipient of U.S. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Canadian Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
- Recipient of U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Income below the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines or Canadian LICO
Each pre-Gathering event has slightly different arrangements regarding financial assistance. Please refer to information about each event for more information.
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