We’re pleased to announce that TJFP’s 2021 grantmaking fellows awarded $850,000 in grants to 191 trans-led grassroots groups, projects, and organizations doing amazing, creative, and groundbreaking trans justice work across the US and US territories! Find out more through our 2021 grantee directory page, and see the full list at the bottom of this post!
Through your donations and efforts, we exceeded our $90k fundraising goal and raised an incredible $138,570! That means we’re able to move $850,000 to these grassroots trans-led groups this year, in the form of grants in the amount of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.
Our Community Grantmaking Fellows, grantmaking coordination team, and staff are deeply grateful and proud of all that TJFP has accomplished this year. Whether you fundraised on our behalf, shared our social media posts, donated, or used your platforms to lift up grassroots trans organizing, you helped make this happen! Along with the 117 groups that received a ReUp grant this year, we’re moving over $1.3 million to 308 groups in 2021!
Over the past nine years we’ve been able to support so many new groups and projects as they incubate and grow. For many of our applicants, TJFP is their first grant award, or first time submitting a funding application, period. We’ve also been able to continue to support our long time grantees over the years as they have become vital cornerstones in their communities. It’s heartening and beautiful to see what doors open for our grantees, the connections they make, the funding they access, and what they achieve with support and belief in their leadership!
Of our 191 grantees selected in May…
- 121 grantees were first-time applicants to TJFP.
- 87 had no nonprofit status.
- 15 grantees come from outside of the lower 48 states, including Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.
- An incredible 159 grantees indicated BIPOC leadership–with 71 groups indicating they were led by Black trans women or femmes!
Over the past few months, the 2021 community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing 211 applications from trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country. As a cohort of trans, BIPOC organizers and activists, TJFP’s fellows have the opportunity to sit in the powerful role of grantmaker, a power often held by people and institutions outside of their communities. Yet since our fellows belong to trans and non-binary communities in the very places we see applications coming in from, this position can also come with the heavy weight of tough funding decisions. Our fellows do this highly emotional work with a whole lot of heart: reviewing applications using an intersectional lens, paying close attention to where resources are being redistributed geographically, and doing this with no strings attached and trusting that TJFP grantees know what’s best for their own communities.
We are so grateful for this year’s team and for the time and energy that was poured into every part of this process. While community-led grantmaking isn’t always quick and easy, it’s always worth it for us!
It’s because of this team and our amazing community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans justice groups. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.
Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of the legacy of our trans justice movements.
Check out these amazing trans justice groups that were funded this year! We’re so excited to share their brilliant work.
The TJFP Staff
The groups listed below with an asterisk (*) are 2020/2021 grantees that received a ReUp grant!
AllowMe, Pike Road
The Knights & Orchids Society, Selma *
The TRANShue Project, faunsdale *
TWOC Healing Project, Birmingham
Visibly Trans*, Birmingham
IMPACT, Pago Pago *
Intransitive, Little Rock
The Young Transwomens Project, Little Rock
Equality Arizona, Phoenix *
Fluxx Productions, Tucson
Peacework Medical, Phoenix *
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson
The Outlaw Project, Phoenix *
Thompson House, Tucson
Trans Pride Foundation, Phoenix
TRANSplants Desert Garden, Tucson
Adsit Media, San Leandro
Alianza Translatinx, Santa Ana
American Trans Resource Hub, West Covina
Beyond Binary Legal, Long Beach
Deaf Queer Resource Center, San Francisco
Dem Bois Inc., San Pablo
Fireweed Collective, Richmond
Gender Justice LA, Los Angeles *
Health Justice Commons, Richmond
House of Resilience, San Diego
Indigenous Pride LA, Los Angeles *
Invisible Men, Compton
Lady J and Linda Kay’s House, Antelope
Lafemmebear Music, Middletown
Los Angeles Spoonie Collective, North Hills *
metaDEN, San Diego *
Mirror Memoirs, Los Angeles
Nonbinary and Intersex Recognition Project, Los Angeles *
Northstate Trans*/GNC Project, Chico *
Orange County Translatinas, Anaheim
Parivar Bay Area, Oakland
PEACE Out Loud, Berkeley
Proyecto Trans Latina, San Diego
San Francisco Trans March, San Francisco
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, San Francisco
Somos Familia Valle, Sun Valley *
The Herbal Trans Health Book Team, Oakland
The SisTrahood, La Mesa *
The TAJA Coalition, San Leandro
The TG/ENBY Project, Los Angeles
Trans & Nonbinary Housing Collective, Sacramento
Trans Peer Mentor Program, San Francisco
TRANScend, Bolinas *
TRANScending in Nature, Greenfield *
Unique Woman’s Coalition, Los Angeles
Welcome, San Francisco *
Y.G.S.L.R.H. S.T.F.U.T., Los Angeles
Denver Community Fridges, Lakewood
Life In My Days, Waterbury
Halal And Queer Collective (HAQ Collective)
Pawsitive Palz *
Starseed Earthroot *
Bridging the gap!, Fort Lauderdale
Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation, Tallahassee *
Gender Advancement Project, Orlando
LIPS Tampa, Apopka *
Marsha’s Web, Oakland Park
Moving Forward Wellness Coaching, Oakland Park
Rooted Resistance, Tallahassee
Social Film Projects LLC, North Miami Beach *
The Halfway Point, Tallahassee *
The McKenzie Project, Miami
the passionvine project, lake worth
Trans Collaborative Network, Plantation
Trans Playhouse, Doral
Transgender Awareness Project, Jacksonville
TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami
Triumphant 2Gether, Kissimmee *
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Miami Beach *
Unspoken Treasure Society Inc., Gainesville
Community EsTr(El-La), Acworth
Community Roots, Decatur
FOR OUR SIBS Inc., Decatur
I Am Human Foundation, Ellenwood
IATBP, Atlanta *
Phoenix Transition Program, Conley
Queer Cultures, Atlanta
Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta
The Prizm Shyne Project, Conley
TMBLM, Inc., Atlanta
Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta
Trans(forming), Atlanta *
Anuenue Alliance, Honolulu *
HEARTS Maui, Wailuku *
HI SIS, Honolulu
Kuaana Project, Honolulu *
Na Lei Pulama, Kihei
The Trans Alaka’i Collective, Hilo
Black Liberation Collective, Idaho, Meridian
Chicago Therapy Collective, Chicago
TREES, Inc., South Bend *
Our Spot KC, Kansas City
Radical Truth, Louisville
Tiger’s Eye Collective, Louisville
Amor y Solidaridad, Nueva Orleans
Black and Brown Biennale, New Orleans *
Imagine Water Works, New Orleans *
Jasmine Davis, New Orleans
LOUD: New Orleans Queer Youth Theater, New Orleans
Real Name Campaign NOLA, New Orleans
T’DAS: Transgender Domestic Abuse Sanctuary, New Orleans *
The S.O.L.I.D Initiative, New Orleans
TRANScending Women, New Orleans *
Transitions Louisiana, New Orleans
Black and Pink Boston Chapter, Boston *
Sonrisas, Cheshire *
the Stiyu Project, Jamaica Plain
Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network, Amherst *
Baltimore Safe Haven, Baltimore *
CVO, Owings Mills
Idyll Dandy Arts, Dowelltown
Prism House LLC, Westminster
Sistas of the “t”, Baltimore *
The Maryland Trans Resilience Conference, Baltimore *
Trans Maryland, Gaithersburg *
Trans Women of Color Collective, Chevy Chase *
Maine Transgender Network INC., Portland *
Grand Rapids Trans Foundation, Grand Rapids *
Grassroots Activism Direct Emergency-GADES, Auburn Hills
Hope for Trans Futures Training Programs, Kalamazoo
Native Justice Coalition, Manistee
Nuii Waav Brotherhood, Detroit
Queers Taking Initiative, Alma
TGNC Emotional Wellness Providers’ Summit, Detroit *
The Transgender Health and Vitality Fund, Auburn Hills
Trans Sistas of Color Project, Detroit *
Transcend the Binary, Ferndale *
20% Theatre Company, Minneapolis *
Cuir Kitchen Brigade, Minneapolis *
For the Culture, Minneapolis *
Friends Like Me, Minneapolis
Minnesota Trans Disabled Care Fund, St. Paul
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition -MTHC, Minneapolis
Open Flame Theatre, Minneapolis *
shOUT: Minnesota’s Trans & Gender Diverse Voices, Minneapolis *
SPIRAL Collective, Minneapolis
Transmission Ministry Collective, Saint Paul
Feed the People Garden Project, St. Louis *
Gabriella Rosé Justice Support System, Columbia *
Northland Pride, Gladstone
St. Louis Anti-Violence Project, St. Louis *
St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH), St. Louis
Trans artist collective, Kansas City
Transformations Youth Organization, Kansas City
Bois of the Sippi, Corinth
Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center, Great Falls
Third Steep Farm (TS), Drummond
Assata Collective, Charlotte
Fuerza Unión Múltiple – FUM, Henderson
Greensboro Mutual Aid, Greensboro
HYPHA Healing Garden & Apothecary, Durham
Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center, JACKSONVILLE
Radical Kindred, Boone *
There’s Still Hope, Charlotte *
Transgress: Digital Resistance Collective, Mount Holly
Transitioning Of The Carolinas, Charlotte
Trans Collaborations, Kearney
Black Excellence Collective, Newark
Tertium Quid, JERSEY CITY
Bent Road Gardens, Santa Fe
Trans Liberation Coalition, Albuquerque
Transwoman Empowerment Initiative (TEI), Albuquerque
Northern Mariana Islands
Gender Justice Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas *
Awakening Trans Art Coalition, Boiceville *
bklyn boihood, Brooklyn
Black Trans Blessings, Bronx *
Black Trans Media, Brooklyn *
BlackCuse Pride, Syracuse *
Bluestockings Cooperative, New York
Caribbean Equality Project, Queens *
Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo, Jackson Heights
Crystal LaBeija Organizing Fellowship, New York *
Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressions, Kenmore
In Honor Of Our Roots, New York
LGBTQ+ Youth Xchange for Change, New York
Lion’s Tooth Project, Newburgh
Mirror Trans Beauty LLC, Brooklyn NY *
Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, Newburgh *
Organización Latina Trans de New York, Brooklyn *
Princess Janae Place Inc, Bronx *
queer Haudenosaunee land project, Ridgewood
Radical Joy and Mental Health x Emulisfy, Brooklyn *
Reuniting of African Descendants (ROAD), New York
Rochester Black Pride, ROCHESTER
T-FFED (Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders), Brooklyn *
The G.H.O.S.T. Project, Brooklyn *
The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center, New York *
Trans Closet Hudson Valley, Saugerties *
What Will I Become, Bronx
Yoga for Top Surgery Recovery, Patchogue
Black Queer & Intersectional Collective, Columbus
Margie’s Hope, Akron
TRANSlate, Cleveland *
TransOhio, Burton *
Transpire Oklahoma, Inc., Tulsa *
Beyond These Walls, Portland *
BI2S ARTISTS, Portland
Point of Pride, Eugene *
Trans*Ponder, Eugene *
Transpose PDX, Portland
Coalition for Black Trans Economic Liberation, Philadelphia
Eastern PA Trans Equity Project, Orefield
Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia
Sage Legacy Project, Philadelphia
Trans Minors Rights, Lititz *
Visible Truth 365, Philadelphia
Arianna’s Center / Puerto Rico, San Juan *
Círculo Violeta, San Juan
Camp 4Respect, Bayamon
Editorial Casa Cuna, Hormigueros *
EspicyNipples, Guayama *
finca flamboyánT, Sabana Grande
Fundación Boreales, Carolina *
Fundación Periodismo Siglo 21, San Juan
Fundación Yamoca Opia, San German
Kellan Artgraphy, San Juan
Movimiento en respuesta de VIH, San Juan
Ominira Healing Village, San Juan
Pólvora Colectiva, San Juan *
Trans Feria. San Juan, San Juan *
Trans Goofy Games PR, San Juan
Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Lexington *
Pride Link, Greenville *
T-Time Transgender Support, Myrtle Beach *
Transgender Awareness Alliance: Greg Green, Lexington
We Are Family, North Charleston *
Two Spirit Nation, Rapid City *
T4T Caregiving, Auburntown *
The Meadow Collective, Liberty *
Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville *
Cicada Collective, Lewisville *
Coastal Bend Trans Alliance, Corpus Christi *
Cons.T.ruct, Houston *
Corazon Conuko, Houston
GenTex, McAllen *
Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston
Papa Seahorses, Houston
Project Liferaft, Austin
Revolution Foundation, Dallas *
San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA), San Antonio
The Mahogany Project, Houston
The Next Generation Project, Spring
Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston, Houston *
Trans Masculinos Houston Texas/OLTT, Houston
Trans Nation, Baytown
Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas
Charlottesville Trans Peer Group, Troy *
Diversity in Recovery, North Garden
Garden of Peace, Inc., Newport News *
Grimalkin Records, Dendron
Minority Transgender Unity, Hampton
Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia, Front Royal *
Stand for Art Foundation, Alexandria *
Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAPVA, Virginia Beach
Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond
Twin Oaks Queer Gathering, Louisa *
Out in the Open, Brattleboro
Beyond Bars and Binaries, Tacoma *
Femme & Them, Shelton
Rad Care, Seattle *
SocialScope Productions, Seattle
Solace, Spokane *
The Black Trans Prayer Book, Seattle *
Lovell-Lepak Queer Outreach, Madison
Wow! Our Community Grantmaking Fellows spent several days and hour upon hour, meeting virtually to thoughtfully select our 2021 grantees and award amounts.
We’re so excited to share out our brilliant 2021 grantees (all 308!) with you in the coming week. These grantees will be supported in part by the astonishing $138,570 that we received during our fundraiser! That amount includes proceeds from so many individuals like you, charity concerts, art auctions, match offers, and some extremely large donations.
Once again we’re in awe of the creativity, brilliance, and care on display as our communities show up for grassroots trans organizing–thank you all so much for sharing, boosting, and donating to our fundraiser. WE did this together!
TJFP is a small funding project built and powered by YOU–our beloved and powerful grantees and applicants, donors, staff, volunteers, family, and friends. In the last 24 hours of our 2021 fundraising campaign we’re inviting you to donate to help us meet our goal: move over $1 million dollars to support the ever growing grassroots trans justice movement.
Over Memorial Day weekend our esteemed panel of community grantmaking fellows will be selecting this year’s grantees. Among the 211 groups that are applying for funding this year:
- 171 are BIPOC led (and 131 groups are Black-led!)
- 120 have never applied for a TJFP grant before this year
- 100 are groups with no nonprofit status whatsoever
We are just $17,384 away from reaching our goal of $90,000. With the donation you make today you’ll be a part of directly supporting the leadership of grassroots activists and organizers who are making our trans futures possible! Can you help us show trans communities that we believe in them and their lives?
Tomorrow night is the deadline to meet our goal of raising $90,000! No amount donated is too small. Please join us this year in showing up for trans justice by resourcing our visionary leaders and communities today, ‘cause our future is NOW!
We couldn’t do this work without you, so wherever you are, however much you give or support, thank you!
TJFP is incredibly excited to introduce our sixth and final Community Grantmaking Fellow, Ola Osaze!
Ola is a trans masculine queer of Edo and Yoruba descent, who was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and now resides in Houston, Texas. Ola is the Co-Director for the Black LGBTQ+ Migrant Project and has been a community organizer for many years, including working with Transgender Law Center, the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in the US), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Ola is a 2015 Voices of Our Nation Arts workshop (VONA) fellow, and has writings published in Apogee, Qzine, Black Looks, and the anthologies Black Futures and Queer Africa II.
We’re so grateful that you said yes to us and that you’re bringing your thoughtful care to this year’s grantmaking panel!
We’re delighted to be able to welcome the fifth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Loan Tran!
Loan Tran is a migrant originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam currently organizing in Durham, North Carolina. For more than a decade they have been involved in liberation struggles for migrants, LGBTQ people, communities of color, and youth and students. As a writer, their work has been included in publications such as The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom (2016) and Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives (7th Edition, 2019). They are known for their piece, Calling In: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable, released on Black Girl Dangerous in 2013. They firmly believe only a movement rooted in solidarity across identities, geographies, and issues can transform our lives. They are a member of the board of directors of the Highlander Research & Education Center; co-chair the Third Wave Fund Advisory Council; and advise the Andrus’ Family Foundation’s Visionary Freedom Fund. Currently they are spending time slowly: cooking for friends and family, writing, and digging in the dirt.
Thank you for bringing your brilliance to this year’s panel–we’re so glad you said yes!
TJFP is so honored to introduce the fourth of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Candi Brings Plenty!
The Two Spirit Nation was not only just an encampment at the Očeti Šakowin camp at Standing Rock during the NoDAPL movement, it was a movement within a movement. Candi Brings Plenty is a Two Spirit Water Protector and Land Defender, who initiated Two Spirit visibility and awareness during the largest historical gathering of nations while decolonizing ceremonies and reclaiming space in sacred circles for Two Spirit relatives.
Candi Brings Plenty, Wakinyan Tunwanpi Iyoyanpa Win (Bright Lightening Womxn), is an Oglala Lakota Sioux, Queer Indigenous, Non-binary Two Spirit. They are a protector of the sacred and activist for Indigenous justice. Their red lipstick is their war paint, as they take their place on the frontlines as a Two Spirit Warrior Queen. They continue to educate and advocate throughout Turtle Island sharing their experience as a frontline Two Spirit Water Protector and as a Land Defender. They are a fierce Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s advocate. They are a Spiritual & Wellness Practitioner who elevates traditional methods of trauma healing.
Candi Brings Plenty is a direct descendent of Crazy Horse’s band and is an ancestral survivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre. They continue to stand in the face of the colonizer to protect the sacred and Unći Maka. They currently live in the Black Hills, in Rapid City, SD where they work as the first ACLU Indigenous Justice Organizer for the South Dakota, North Dakota & Wyoming region. They are incorporating Indigenous methods and constitutional rights to bring awareness and protection for frontline warriors to exercise their civil liberties.
We’re so glad you’ll be on the team this year, bringing all the wisdom and experience that makes you such a powerhouse!
We’re so glad to announce the third of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Dominique Morgan!
Dominique is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. Her new album Pisces In E Flat Major is available on all platforms and her book “Sex Ed for System Facing People” will be available Jan 2022. Find out more about Dominique at www.dominiquemorgan.com. Check out her TEDxTalk on Resilience.
We can’t overstate how excited we are that you’re joining us, Dominique!
What kind of future do you wish for you and your community? What would you be willing to give to support the future of your dreams?
This year we received 213 applications from grassroots, trans justice groups and projects led by trans and non-binary people, organizing their communities locally and nationally. The groups and projects we fund are busy working for justice and liberation for trans communities with each breath they take, all year long, and we’re honored to invite you–yes, YOU to join us in keeping our cherished trans communities well supported and resourced!
To date, TJFP has distributed more than $4.5 million dollars through our community-led grantmaking process. This has been a by us, for us effort, and it’s because of all of you who have provided so much community love and support that we are able to get all this done.
Please join us by pitching in a dollar or whatever you can to ensure our trans justice groups can not only keep their doors open and lights on, but have what they need to continue dreaming big, creating the future we all need and deserve.
So let’s raise some money together and uplift and resource our trans leaders today because, Our Future is NOW!
TJFP is thrilled to announce the second of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Toi Washington!
“A person can forget what you did or said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. If I can help somebody along the way, then my living is not in vain.”
This is the mantra Toi T. Washington lives by daily. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Toi Washington is a community engagement specialist, organizer, and activist with over a decade of experience in LBGTQ rights. Ms. Washington currently works with TAKE Resource Center in Birmingham, AL. as the Director of Programs as well as the Program Developer of the Trans Women of Color (TWOC) Healing Project. With a directive on LBGTQ rights, equality and equity, Ms. Washington has successfully positioned herself to be able to effectively address issues that are systemic to trans women of color and LBGTQ individuals alike. Ms. Washington uses her platform to guide herself as well as her community both professionally and personally.
Thank you so much for saying yes to us–we can’t wait to learn from your wisdom!