Can I only donate through the Go Fund Me page?
Donations made through the Go FundMe page will be the only ones that will show in the total on that page. However, donations can also be sent direct to the bank account at:
Bank – NatWest, Account Name – Helping ADI & PDI’s,
Sort Code – 54-21-54,
Account No – 35283769.
This account can also be used to set up longer term contributions such as Direct Debit or Standing Orders.
Why was the fund set up?
The Scheme was set up to provide monetary assistance to help an ADI or PDI at any time for any just reason including, but not limited to, lockdown
measures from COVID-19, hardship, bereavement, or illness. It was launched with a focus on ADI and PDI’s who are unable to qualify for government assistance (e.g., SEISS) or local council grants during the pandemic.
Who started it and who is in control of it?
The fund was started by two ADIs who wanted to help other colleagues. Bobbie Hicks and Susan McDonald realised that many ADIs and PDIs were struggling financially and wanted to help, so set up this fund. It started off slowly but with the help of the industry, it has now reached over £20,000 in total and is still growing. The scheme is supported and associated with NASP (The National Associations Strategic Partnership) which comprises of the 3 leading national associations for driving instructors: ADINJC, DIA and MSA GB.
You can read more about Bobbie and Susan on the website www.instructorfund.org
Why have NASP become involved?
NASP have become involved in the scheme to help promote the fund, give support, and offer advice. This also means that the fund will be able to reach as many ADIs and PDIs as possible through the 3 national associations that comprise NASP.
Also, Bobbie and Susan will have support for the scheme from a well-known and established organisation which can spread much wider and, we feel, gives it more credence.
Details of NASP can be found on their website. www.n-a-s-p.co.uk
Do I need to be a member of a NASP association to apply?
You do not need to be a member of a NASP association to make an application. More details of each of the 3 associations are available on their website www.n-a-s-p.co.uk
Where can I find the rules for the fund?
The rules for the fund can be found on the website, by email and on the Go Fund Me page and are also available from each of the 3 associations of NASP. www.instructorfund.org
What amounts will be paid out?
Payments will depend on the number of applications we receive and the amount available in the fund at the time. They will be small grants usually of £100 but in some circumstances, they could be as much as £500. The grants paid out will not exceed £500. Funding amounts available will be at the discretion of the funding panel and their decision is final.
What is the process if I want to apply?
An initial application for funding is to be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An application form will then be sent to the applicant by return. All applications must be received on this form and completed in full. A third party, such as a local group committee member may suggest that someone may be eligible for assistance. That person will then be sent an application form.
In the event of an application due to lockdown measures, the person to receive funding must have exhausted all mainstream options of support, including but not limited to Universal Credit, SEISS, Bounce Back Loans and local authority grants. Those in receipt of Universal Credit or other support may still apply if they can provide proof that they are unable to cover their personal living costs.
Can this fund be used to back up my business?
No, all funds are given on a personal basis and are to be used for living costs
What evidence will I need to give?
The application form must be accompanied by:
an up-to-date copy of the applicant’s green badge or pink licence
any relevant documentation requested or to support the application
evidence of refusal of government support
a brief explanation of the reasons why the ADI/PDI believes they are suitable to
apply for assistance from the fund
Bank account details (This must be a UK bank account)
A copy of the applicants driving licence or passport for photographic evidence
The Panel reserves the right to ask for further supporting information in the pursuance of an application for funds.
How long will the process take?
This process will take a maximum of between 4 and 6 weeks.
Will my application be confidential?
Yes, all information will be kept confidential and in compliance with GDPR. The panel will keep a copy of each application form submitted for up to three months after final assessment for funding has taken place.
After the application form is received, it will be checked and made anonymous before being given to the panel to make a final decision.
Who is on the panel?
The Panel will comprise of Susan McDonald and Bobbie Hicks the organisers. It will also have at least 5 members of the NASP association which comprises the ADINJC, DIA and MSA GB. These members will come from the committees or be senior representatives of each association.
How will I know if I am successful?
A member of the panel will inform the ADI/PDI by email and/or telephone if their application has been successful.
How will the amounts be paid out?
Payments will be made directly into the nominated account on the application by bank transfer from the account held by the fund.
Are any expenses taken by the organisers?
No expenses will be claimed or paid to any member of the panel or members of NASP. The only charges envisaged would be any bank or Go Fund Me charges incurred. Thanks must go to all the volunteers who have helped make this possible for their time and support.
Is this fund just for the period of COVID-19?
Although this fund has been set up as a result of Covid 19, and to help people through the current situation, it is hoped that if funds can be secured on an ongoing basis this project can continue to help those in our industry who need it in the future.
Is there a website? Yes, the website is www.instructorfund.org