2016 Sweetgrass Award

We are thrilled to announce that Sydney Freeland, the writer and director of Drunktown’s Finest, has chosen to donate a portion of her film’s earnings to the Trans Justice Funding Project. The film is Freeland’s response to a news story that characterized her hometown of Gallup, New Mexico as “Drunktown, USA.” “This film is my effort to defy that judgement,” says Freeland, “and show the world that my community has complexity, dimension, and hope.” (Read more about Sydney and the film here.)

With the guidance of our Community Funding Panel member Trudie Jackson (enrolled tribal member of Navajo Nation from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona), we will use the proceeds we receive from the film to create the 2016 Sweetgrass Award. As part of our upcoming grantmaking cycle, the Sweetgrass Award will fund trans justice groups in Native American/Two Spirit communities with an emphasis on rural Native communities.

We are excited about the chance to support these groups better than ever! As Trudie explains, each strand of sweetgrass braid brings a different kind of community work. Braiding those strands together creates stronger trans Native American/Two Spirit communities.

With Trudie’s help, we will also be doing more focused outreach to make sure that as many groups as possible know about this opportunity. There is no special application process for the award. Groups should just apply for a TJFP grant to be considered. Applications are currently open and are due February 15th, 2016. Visit www.transjusticefundingproject.org for more information.

The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.