Apply for a TJFP grant before midnight EST on 2/15!

“I so appreciate the vision of the Trans Justice Funding Project. The idea that small grassroots organizations finally has someone who hears and understands us…”–TJFP Grantee

TJFP is about investing in trans communities making decisions by and for ourselves. Over the last four years, we’ve received 486 applications, and raised and given away over 315 grants totaling more than $800,000 to trans-led trans justice groups through our community-led process.

Find out if your group is eligible to apply for a grant here and check out TJFP’s directory of trans-led trans justice groups that have applied in the past. There is so much brilliance in our communities and we’re here to help support the growth and sustainability of our trans justice movement. And we understand that the work can take many shapes and often looks different across regions.

We look forward to your application and to learning more about how you define trans justice! Thank you for all that you do to keep our communities safe and thriving.

The 2017 grant application deadline is tomorrow, February 15th, 2017 at midnight Eastern Standard Time.

 

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TJFP 2017 Application Deadline-Less then 2 weeks to apply! / ¡PFJT Fecha límite de solicitud-Menos de 2 semanas para aplicar!

Please spread the word that our call for applications is less than two weeks away!  Now is the time to apply or encourage others!

Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?

  • Are you a group?
  • Are you a grassroots, trans justice group run by and for trans people?
  • Is your group’s total budget less than $250,000?
  • Are you located in the United States or Puerto Rico?
  • Are you centering the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions?
  • Are you meeting the needs of different local communities and using organizing and/or providing services to help bring people together?
  • Do you see your work as part of a bigger picture of trans-led work that seeks dignity and justice for all people?

You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

Click here to apply in English

¿Es elegible tu grupo para una beca PFJT?

  • ¿Eres grupo?
  • ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
  • ¿Es menos de $250,000 el presupuesto total de tu grupo?
  • ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Puerto Rico?
  • ¿Centran ustedes el liderazgo de personas trans organizando alrededor de sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones que se cruzan?
  • ¿Satisfacen las necesidades de comunidades locales diferentes y usan la organización y/o proveer servicios para ayudar a unirse personas?
  • ¿Consideran su trabajo como una parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans que busca dignidad y justicia para todas personas?

¡No necesitas estatus sin ánimo de lucro 501c3, ni necesitas patrocinio fiscal tampoco para solicitar!

Haga clic aquí para aplicar en Español

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In conversation about resourcing and fortifying movements!

Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement is a Podcast featuring Caitlin Breedlove, Campaign Director of Standing on the Side of Love interviewing movement leaders and activists. This week, TJFP’s director Gabriel Foster talks about what brought him to political organizing, the founding of the Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP), and what keeps him in this work. Thank you for sharing this story!

Fortification: Standing on the Side of Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association

 

 

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In honor of you

During such challenging times, let us remind ourselves that we are each other’s strength and purpose.

Over the past year, TJFP has sat with many of you as you shared your truth and struggles. To honor you we created a small reminder of what our communities are striving for and how those of you “on the ground”, doing the work everyday, define “Trans Justice.”

Every year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember the names of those taken from us as well the names of those still with us. We see how hard you work to build the necessary supports needed for survival. We know this is not always easy and often it can be messy but it’s a beautiful thing to see how we’ve been able to support each other on our individual journeys and collective paths towards justice and liberation–in all the ways it looks.

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From the Ground to the Sky Listening Tour: Southern Edition

“As a local organizer and activist in your area what do you vision, hope or dream for trans/two-spirit/queer/gender non- conforming people in your area?”

“Can you tell us how your group got started or how you first got involved in trans justice organizing?”

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These a just a few of the questions we asked several grantees, applicants, TGNC activists, organizers, and community members on our From the Ground to the Sky Listening Tour: Southern edition

Having previously traveled to places like Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, this time we headed to the South Eastern region to expand our knowledge around what local trans justice looks and feels like in the Deep South.  

TJFP spent two weeks moving between Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, driving along tree lined highways, in between mountain hallows, witnessing cotton fields, and bright city lights. Several times over, we saw common themes making themselves apparent from community to community.  Yet, nothing stood out as much as the importance and need to create safety and shift the conditions at home, as well as the sense of duty of bringing knowledge back to their people.

For many, the option of leaving home for more liberal areas with more trans affirming infrastructure is not always an option or even a desire. One local activist passionately stated, “Why can’t I be safe in Arkansas?”  Her desire to staying where things are familiar and where her family lives, is the driving force to not leave and to continue to work towards finding and creating community for her and other black trans woman like her.

Another thing that we heard over and over again, was the need for space to meet in to get work done, resources for traveling to meet other trans and gender non-conforming organizers so they won’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel,’ and could feel more connect to a broader network of TGNC peers. Even with things like internet access or tools like Skype and conference calls, for those who are able to travel, being face to face still remains a powerful method for breaking down isolation and unifying our leaders.

Like most places, the South has a complex and painful past.  And yet, it’s beauty and the activists we met along the way, have a deep love for their communities, their home, and their histories. Every person we spoke with reaffirmed that we should all have the right to stay at home if we wish to and have the ability to be safe as well as have our most basic needs to deepest desires met. 

From the historic Selma, Alabama to the colorful lights of New Orleans, Louisiana–which still bares the scares of the storm–we thank each and every person who took the time to allow us to record your trans justice organizing history. We hope your experiences, words, and efforts will be taken to heart and supported.

From state to state we come to understand more and more, we exist because you exist.

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Resources for our communities: The 2016 National Trans Health conference

2016nationaltranshealthconferencese“We Are NOT Invisible, Trans Lives Matter” is the theme for the 2016 National Trans Health conference, which is the first of its kind in the Southeastern region of the United States. The conference hopes to help medical providers build capacity and treat Trans* people with care and respect as well as build awareness from a health, legal, social and advocacy perspective. Details can be found here.

Date: November 17th-19th
Location: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia

 

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TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour: Alabama

After spending an amazing five days in Tennessee and Mississippi, we drove East to Alabama and our first stop was the historic Selma. We could feel the momentous energy of the city the minute we arrived. The first thing we did was pick up our camera’s and walk over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This bridge was the site of Bloody Sunday where an estimated 500 – 600 civil rights marchers were brutally attacked by state troopers as they headed from Selma to Montgomery in support of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign in 1965.

Later that day, we met with activist Quentin Bell, local Selman and founder of The Knights and Orchids Society (TKO). We sat outside along the Alabama River, at sunset and listened to Quentin talk about how the history of his hometown inspires him everyday to fight for trans justice in Selma.

That night we drove back to Birmingham, full of life and firmly committed to justice and liberation for our trans community. It was only heightened when we spoke to Daroneshia Duncan, founder of TAKE (Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering), an organization that provides supportive services to transgender people in Alabama. Our conversations with Daroneshia came on the heels of two recent attacks on trans women of color in Alabama–Jazz Alford, who was shot and killed and another, a member of TAKE, who was shot and is currently still in the hospital.

As we left the city of Birmingham we watched the landscape once again transition back into windy country roads, lined with thick beautiful forests. The words and experiences of Quentin, Daroneshia, and other Alabamans we spoke to, stay with us.

Our ancestors who crossed that bridge in Selma were met by state police and beaten, and those Civil Rights protesters continued to fight even after “Bloody Sunday”.  Many of the lessons of the past are also our blueprint for our future and we cannot afford to lose our history or each other.  Thank you to everyone we spoke with in Alabama and for being exactly who you are, where you are.

Stay tuned as we our share highlights from our next stop, Little Rock Arkansas!

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TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour: Tennessee and Mississippi

TJFP is back on our From the Ground to the Sky Tour and this time we’ve been rolling around and talking with Southern activists and organizers. We’re only halfway in, and already we’ve learned so much about what these organizers are fighting against, fighting for, and what brings them life. This past week, we’ve been in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and now we’re on our way to Little Rock, Arkansas.

While in Nashville, Tennessee we had the pleasure of sitting down with Marisa Richmond, from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Sadie SaySoukha with the Tennessee Trans Journey Project (TNTJ) and RJ Robles, who staffs the Vanderbilt Trans Buddy Program. After spending time in Nashville we packed up our car and drove east towards Memphis to meet with long time, local activist Renae Taylor.

We also took a trip out to Short Mountain to get to know Idyll Dandy Arts (IDA), an intentional queer community situated in the middle of the woods in rural Tennessee. We enjoyed a lovely lunch with TJFP applicants and grantees from Work Hard Stay Hard and Daffodil Meadow Collective and learned more about the history of the IDA and how these groups work and live together on the mountain.

Since we were so close to Holly Springs, Mississippi, we took a trip and spent some time with a 2014 TJFP community grant making panelist English Fields, who is also the founder of Bois of the Sippi, a trans-led group that increases the visibility of the LGBTQ community within their local community in rural Mississippi. English is attending Rust College, a historically black liberal arts and Methodist college located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. English shared more about what they are doing on campus and within their local community to make it more trans inclusive and affirming for LGBTQ people.

It’s not difficult to see how powerful and needed Southern, trans justice organizing is. Thank you to all of the folks and communities so far that have generously shared your homes, porches, and experiences with us.  

After five days driving all over Tennessee and Mississippi, we took to the road and headed to Alabama.

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TJFP speaks on “Transformative Philanthropy” at University of Oregon

LowrinSeries_PhilanthropyTJFP is excited to participate in the upcoming “Transformative Philanthropy” forum at  The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon on November 9th, 2016. This forum focuses on ways that social justice philanthropy can bring about social change for women, LGBTQ people, and people of color.

TJFP’s Co-founder and Executive Director, Gabriel Foster will be speaking alongside Emily Evans, Executive Director of Women’s Foundation of Oregon and Carol Tatch, Major Giving Director of MRG Foundation.

Thank you University of Oregon for inviting us to share more about TJFP’s grantmaking model, as well as our community of trans justice grantees.

Transformative Philanthropy
November 9, 2016
Panel discussion: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
University of Oregon Campus
Knight Library – Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR  97403

 

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The Passing of a Legend, Ms. Cheryl Courtney-Evans

We are tremendously saddened to share the passing of trans activist, Ms. Cheryl Courtney-Evans. Ms. Cheryl joined the TJFP team in 2013 as one of our very first community grant making panelists.

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TJFP Community Grant Making Panel and Staff, 2013

In 2014, TJFP  interviewed her about the work of Trans Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT).

The interviewer writes,  “TILTT is dedicated to creating visibility. For the first time, they were able to represent and participate in Atlanta Pride by having their own booth at the festival. Ms. Cheryl used some of the TJFP funds to make TILTT their very first banner which they marched proudly with in the Trans March. For many members it was their first time being in a pride march. She proudly told me, “At the end of the two days, I felt like we really accomplished something and that it was critical that we were there.”

Ms. Cheryl’s vision and boldness is a gift to us all and it was absolutely critical that she was here. We survive because of her and TJFP will forever hold Ms. Cheryl in our hearts.

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