people's healing fund

Redistribution. Access. Solidarity.

FAQ for Healing Practitioners

Who can apply?

For Cycle 2, we are accepting applications from cash-poor / working-class healing practitioners who are Black, Indigenous and/or people of colour, and who reside in and around Tkaronto (Toronto) and the Greater Toronto Area. Indigenous folks living in what is known as Southern Ontario are also encouraged to apply.

How do you define “healing practitioner”?

Broadly. This can include folks who practice traditional medicines, run group therapy programs, work one-on-one with clients, provide attendant care, and practice modalities that require certification, or not. Some examples include ceremonial holders, knowledge keepers, and Elders in Indigenous communities, folks practicing psychotherapy, craniosacral, somatics, traditional Indigenous medicine, Ayurveda, TCM, acupuncture, herbalism, reiki, massage, shiatsu, reflexology, osteopathy, PSWs, birthworkers, death doulas, tarot readers, astrologers, and more.

We are looking for folks who are doing work to heal and uplift marginalized communities for the sake of our collective liberation (including Deaf, disabled, queer, trans, BIPOC, migrant, drug users, sex workers) and NOT receiving funding through institutional settings, i.e. are either self-employed or volunteering or bartering or receiving funds directly from clients.

I’m not sure if I’m cash-poor / working class.

That makes sense! A lot of us don’t have a good understanding of our class status, as we live in a society that intentionally keeps us misinformed of our own and each other’s class backgrounds, and about how class operates.

We encourage you to apply if you:

  • Worry about basic essentials like food, hydro, rent (etc) due to lack of money

  • AND funding support would allow you to provide more services to folks in your communities

  • AND/OR provide services to under-served folks that you can’t see enough of

  • AND/OR maintain the sustainability of your practice

If you’re still unsure, please apply. Often it’s the folks who could use resources the most that are the least likely to reach out.

Do I have to tell you how I spend the money?

At the end of this funding cycle we will have community feedback sessions. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the process, provide feedback, and let us know what the money enabled you to do. Since we are entirely community-funded, we do not have to report to any funding bodies about how we used the money. This is a trust and relationship building exercise. You decide what you do with your funds.

So is this a charity?

No. We believe that our healing and liberation is tied together; none of us will heal unless we all heal. This project is about solidarity, mutual aid, and economic redistribution. (Read our About page for more info on that and our values). We ask folks who receive funds from the project to put something back into the pot for the next cycle, and to encourage clients and colleagues to do so as well. The amount is not significant. What matters is that this is one tangible way we can all support each other’s healing.

Applications are closed.

FAQ for People Seeking Healing Services

Who can apply?

For Cycle 2, we are accepting applications from cash-poor / working-class folks who are Black, Indigenous and/or people of colour, and who reside in and around Tkaronto (Toronto) and the Greater Toronto Area. Indigenous folks living in what is known as Southern Ontario are also encouraged to apply.

How do you define “healing services”?

Broadly. This can include traditional medicines, group therapy, individual therapy, attendant care, and other modalities that may be considered 'alternative,' 'complementary' or 'traditional' medicine, and are not likely to be covered by OHIP, IFHP, or government benefits. Some examples include traditional or Indigenous ceremony and medicine, physiotherapy, craniosacral, somatics, Ayurveda, TCM, acupuncture, herbalism, reiki, massage, shiatsu, reflexology, osteopathy, PSWs, birthworkers, death doulas, tarot readers, astrologers, and more. You can take a look at our Network Directory for a list of practitioners.

I’m not sure if I’m cash-poor / working class.

That makes sense! A lot of us don’t have a good understanding of our class status, as we live in a society that intentionally keeps us misinformed of our own and each other’s class backgrounds, and about how class operates.

We encourage you to apply if you:

  • Worry about basic essentials like food, hydro, rent (etc) due to lack of money

  • AND funding support would allow you to access healing services that you wouldn't otherwise be able to afford

  • AND you are not covered by insurance or other benefits

If you’re still unsure, please apply. Often it’s the folks who could use resources the most that are the least likely to reach out.

Do I have to tell you how I spend the money?

At the end of this funding cycle we will have community feedback sessions. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the process, provide feedback, and let us know what the money enabled you to do. Since we are entirely community-funded, we do not have to report to any funding bodies about how we used the money. This is a trust and relationship building exercise. You decide what you do with your funds.

So is this a charity?

No. We believe that our healing and liberation is tied together; none of us will heal unless we all heal. This project is about solidarity, mutual aid, and economic redistribution. (Read our About page for more info on that and our values). We ask folks who receive funds from the project to put something back into the pot for the next cycle, and to encourage others to do so as well. The amount is not significant. What matters is that this is one tangible way we can all support each other’s healing.

Applications are closed.