Trans Justice Funding Project


Please make sure to read the guidelines first! The apply button is at the bottom of this page.

En Español.

Please note that you should only apply if your group has a budget of under $250,000 and is run by and for trans communities.


Applications are due on February 15th, 2014 by midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Decisions will be made at the end of April, 2014. So you can expect to hear back from us by May 15th and, if you are funded, to get your check soon after that.

Grant size

The funding panel will be distributing between $50,000-$100,000 (depending on how much we raise). Grants will be between $1,000 and $5,000 each.

What do we fund?

We fund groups, projects and organizations: 

  • With a budget of $250,000 or less
  • In the U.S. from rural areas to big cities
  • That have 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship
  • That don’t have 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship
  • That are established
  • That are just getting started

What we don’t fund:

  • Groups with a budget of more than $250,000
  • Individuals
  • Groups outside the U.S.

We are committed to supporting groups that:

  • Are run by and for trans communities.
  • Support and encourage trans leadership.
  • Are guided by a commitment to trans justice and anti-oppression work.
  • Center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
  • Collaborate with other local groups and think of themselves as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people.
  • Are meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together.

Can you apply if your fiscal sponsor’s budget is more than $250,000?

Yes, as long as your own group’s budget is less than $250,000.

Can you apply again if you received a grant in 2013?

Yes! You might want to share how you used your grant this year in your application. But you don’t have to–we do not require reporting.


Please let us know if you need a translated version in another language by January 15th, 2014 and we will do our best to meet that need.


We aim to make this process as accessible as possible, so please let us know about any other needs you have and we will do our best to meet them. Please let us know if you need an audio version of the application by January 15th, 2014.

How will the funding process work?

A panel of 6 activists from across the country will come together for a weekend-long in-person meeting to review all the applications and decide on the grantees. You can read more about our the panel members at here. Funding decisions will be made solely by this community-led panel.

What does trans justice mean?

We  use  the  term  “trans”  in  its  most  inclusive  sense,  as  an  umbrella  term  encompassing  transsexual,  transgender, genderqueer,  Two-Spirit  people,  and  more  generally,  anyone  whose  gender  identity  or  gender  expression  is  non-conforming   and/or  different  from  their  birth-assigned  sex.

We see trans justice as a commitment to creating a world where trans and gender non-conforming individuals and communities have the freedom to self-define and express their genders without fear of violence, discrimination, or harassment. A world where we recognize and honor that our communities have knowledge and expertise in matters relating to our own lives that no one else will have.

(Thank you to Leeway Foundation and Ryan Li for the adapted definitions above)

Is multi-year support available?

Not yet, but we hope to provide it in the future.


Just email about any questions. We’ll get back to you as fast as we can!


About Susan Forrest, co-founder Los Angeles, County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, chair Los Angeles, County HIV Mental Health Task Force, secretary
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