Applying to the Tupper Fund is simple and strictly confidential. Names of people receiving assistance are not  shared or published in any way. The only requirement for eligibility is that the applicant must be a resident of the Town of Bakersfield. To apply, contact one of the five Advocates of the Fund, who will gather some information and assist you in writing up your request. You will also need to supply a copy of the bill for which you are requesting assistance. Your request will be presented to the Trustees of Public Funds, who will make the decision based on the recommendations of the Advocates and availability of funds. Note that the Fund can not pay out to an individual; rather it will issue funds directly to service providers. The Fund cannot cover Town property taxes. In the past, residents have received assistance with paying utility bills, medical bills, fuel bills, rent, emergency house repairs, and so on.