project leader
Kylie F
Lakewood Tuscaloosa/ Lyon Park/ Lakewood Park
(Lakewood Neighborhood (Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, Lyon Park, Lakewood Park))
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the project

The Lakewood Mutual Aid Network started during the COVID-19 pandemic to connect neighbors to each other in Durham's Lakewood neighborhood (Tuscaloosa-Lakewood, Lyon Park, and Lakewood Park). Neighbors organized (or were already organized) in their blocks to communicate and check on each other with pressing needs and opportunities. 

For our first round, we hope to raise at least $4,000 to provide twenty $200 grants to Lakewood neighbors. We will prioritize applications from neighbors that don't have access to state/federal support (like stimulus checks and/or unemployment benefits), those who risk losing housing, and senior citizens and families with children. 

Our neighborhood teams are committed to share resources on an ongoing basis with all neighbors who contribute and/or apply for grants. $200 runs out fast, and we want to be in solidarity with each other beyond our mutual aid cash fund. 

You can apply for a grant at our website or request an application by calling/texting (919) 351-9926‬.

Visit our Facebook page, instagram, and twitter.

the steps

First Round Contribution period: July 15th, 2020- August 1st, 2020

Cash Grant Application period: July 15th, 2020- August 1st, 2020

Grants distributed: August 1st, 2020- August, 15th, 2020

Follow Up and Next Steps of Mutual Aid Cash Fund: Ongoing


why we're doing it

So many of us are struggling. Many neighbors have lost their jobs, gotten sick, are ineligible for support, and feel overwhelmed. Some neighbors in the Lakwood Mutual Aid Network are organizing this immediate cash fund for neighbors urgent needs while we actively plan what deeper organizing and mutual support can look like in Lakewood. 

In the spirit of mutual aid, we trust our neighbors to contribute funds when able and/or apply for funds when needed. The city of Durham, the state of North Carolina, and the US have not done enough to keep people safe, fed, housed, or well during a pandemic. A small cash fund cannot solve issues created by racist, classist, and ableist policies in our communities, but we hope to build trust and networks as these issues continue. 

Here are some ways we've been learning about mutual aid during the pandemic, as well as from neighbors. 



Twenty five $200 grants for neighbors to meet some current financial needs = $5,000 (a volunteer has agreed to make up the $34.57 needed to make the last grant $200

TOTAL RAISED = $5,119.00 $5,119.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived $254.20
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $153.57 $152.52
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $4,965.43 $4,677.28

original budget:

Twenty $200 grants for neighbors to meet some current financial needs


ioby Platform Fee- waived

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)waived

ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)

(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)- $124




Thank you to neighbors in Lakewood and Durham that have contributed to our first round. Our goal is to contact and fund neighbors that have filled out our fund form and get funds distributed ASAP for August bills. We'll use extra funds for rolling applications as more people find out about the fund (to contribute and/or apply).




This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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