Expenses & Getting Paid FAQs


How does paying people work?

Money contributed to an initiative goes to the bank account of the Fiscal Host. When someone wants to be paid, they submit an expense through your collective's page. After you approve it, the person can be reimbursed via PayPal, or bank transfer (We use Wise to process bank transfers).

Expenses are visible publicly, so everyone can see how much money was spent and on what (though private details like emails, names, and addresses are only visible to that user and the Collective admins).

How do I get paid/reimbursed/receive my grant money?

Go to the initiative's page and click "Submit Expense". You will need to create an account (if you don't already have one), and then upload a valid receipt or invoice (you can create a downloadable invoice on our site).

More details

When to use each option:

  • Reimbursement: Requires a receipt. The receipt must clearly show the name, address and company number of the vendor. A confirmation of order is not a valid receipt. When submitting a reimbursement, you request the collective to repay your purchase.

  • Invoice: Taxable income. Requires an invoice. Payments made for services rendered e.g. workshop facilitator, website design, public speaker.

How do I donate to a charity?

If you would like to donate part of your budget to a charity, simply ask the charity to submit an expense via the dedicated button on your page and provide the following information:

  • Donation request letter signed by a director or administrator of the beneficiary organization. This letter must be addressed to the collective and state the amount of the donation and how it will be used.

  • Incorporation document of the charity

  • bank identification document

Are receipts or invoices public?

Basic data for all expenses, like the amount and description, are public. But attachments like invoices are private, as they may contain personal information. Only the administrators of the initiative and the Fiscal Host can see invoice and receipt details.

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