ALIA COVID-19 Relief Fund

The ALIA Board has given approval to set up a Relief Fund, specifically to help Members who are experiencing a reduction in income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ALIA seeded the fund with $10,000. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than is requested, we will maintain the Relief Fund for the benefit of Members going through tough times, until the full amount of the donations has been expended.

{Update 9 July 2020} Donations for the Relief Fund are now closed, but applications for finanical support are welcomed. 

Purpose

The fund will not be sufficient to cover lost income, but it can be called on for essential items – rent, insurance, groceries, and so on – up to $500 per Member.

Who will benefit

Whilst the fund is available to full-time or part-time workers, it is most likely to benefit casual staff whose hours are reduced or lost through reductions in services or complete library closures. The fund is available to anyone who has been an ALIA Personal Member for at least 12 months at the full or reduced rate.

How to apply

Send an email to finance@alia.org.au with the application form and attach an email/letter or some other evidence of your loss of income. Don’t forget to include your name as it would appear in our Member records.  Once a payment has been made the applicant cannot reapply for additional funds. 

How the recipients will be decided 

A sub-committee of the ALIA Board will approve payments as they come through, as we understand that Members experiencing difficulties need timely relief. Provided people fulfil the membership criteria, make a valid application and provide evidence of loss of income, the requested sum will be released on a first come, first served basis. We will not make judgements about whose need is greatest. Payments will be approved by a sub-committee of the ALIA Board of Directors, on a case by case basis, as applications are received, so that Members can get timely relief.

Notes

We have no special arrangement with the Australian Tax Office, so payments will need to be declared as income on recipients’ next tax returns.  Any donations made to the fund will not be tax deductible, as we don’t have deductible gift recipient status for general operations.

ALIA membership 

ALIA is working hard to support our Members and the library and information sector in general through the COVID-19 pandemic and to look at ways to help the recovery effort when the immediate danger is past.

You can see what we’ve been doing here: https://www.alia.org.au/australian-libraries-responding-covid-19, including launching a Relief Fund for those experiencing serious financial difficulty; negotiating a special agreement on copyright to enable virtual storytimes to happen; creating multi-lingual resources and sharing information about how individuals and organisations are responding to these difficult times.

Now is the time when we really need your commitment. Please renew your membership if you’re able to.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

ALIA INFORMATION 2021 ATTENDANCE GRANTS 

Thanks to the generosity of ALIA Members, ALIA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund donations totalled $8,470 on 31 November, with $3,570 remaining available after $4,900 was given out in grants. In addition, the ALIA Board had set aside $10,000 of operating funds to contribute to the Relief Fund. As this latter sum is unlikely to be needed in full to assist people in immediate financial hardship, the ALIA Board has agreed to provide $4,000-worth of grants through the ALIA COVID-19 Relief fund for up to ten ALIA members to attend the upcoming ALIA Information Online 2021 conference.

Applications are open to anyone who has been an ALIA personal member for at least 12 months and' whose job or personal situation has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This could mean a reduction in hours, unemployment for your or a family member, reassignment to a lesser position, a cut in your organisation’s PD budget, which has removed the opportunity for you to attend an ALIA conference.

To apply, tell us why you would like to attend the conference and how attending will enhance your career development. Please also give the reason why your job has been negatively impacted.

Submit by sending an email to events@alia.org.au. Please include your name, contact information and address the above selection criteria.

Applications close 25 January 2021. The ALIA Board will review applications and successful applicants will be advised by email by Monday 1 February 2021. Successful applicants will receive one individual registration to the ALIA Information Online 2021 virtual conference (normal registration price is $400).

 

This page is accurate as of 15 January 2021 and will be updated as needed.