I'm lucky to have a very flexible job as a freelance landscape maintenance gardener. Financially and morally supportive parents and spouse have also been instrumental in the freedom to pursue this idea to the max. It's a priority. In some ways, now I can't afford not to do it!
I applied for a small amount of funding after 2 1/2 years to compensate me for the great deal of time I've been mspending to make it spin to the max. For 2 years $3000, half of what I asked, was afforded by the BC Ministry of Health Mental Health Consumer Initiatives funding. In 1998 the annual funding was increased to $6000. The problem is, the program has been getting a whole lot more ambitious so it's still a labour of love. I just don't feel so desperate when I start my gardening day 2 or 3 hours late because of MM details.What are you doing with all the money?
The concession is as affordable as possible and strictly a break-even situation. Valda took over in 2004 and is our Popcorn Queen now.
Large donations and cash donations at events are collected and every few months deposited into the "Movie Monday account" with the Capital Health Region (over $10.00 tax receipts are available). From that, I am re-embursed for expenses like electronic and concession equipment, blank tapes, slide film, display materials, some postage, related telephone bills (I spend a bit to be in touch with filmmakers and mental health agencies) and message machine on the FLIC line, and the biggest but probably most important cost of doing business - Public Performance Licensing.
The REEL MADNESS Film Festivals are a separate fund raising entity. About $7000 -10,000 needed to cover expenses for that major event is sought from a broad range of funders and donors so that those events can still be accessable to those living with the illnesses.