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 so excited to introduce the second of our six Community Grantmaking Fellows, Christopher Cuevas!
Christopher Cuevas is the Executive Director of QLatinx and provides vision, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibility of and empower LGBTQ+ Latinx communities and create spaces that foster growth and healing.
A lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher leads their work for cultural transformation by centering the unapologetic and unwavering power of radical love. A child of undocumented immigrants and a queer person of color, Christopher interconnects their lived experience and drives the necessary heart work of building a culture of peace, compassion, and change through advocating for LGBTQ+, immigrant, and racial justice movements.
Through their work with state, national, and transnationally recognized initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led conversations and facilitated education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Thank you for saying YES to joining TJFP’s community grantmaking team this year!
In 2017, Demian arrived at our office eager to volunteer and help in anyway he could. Even though we weren’t yet set up to handle volunteers, Demian proved to be patient and dedicated. He showed up week after week to assist with admin related tasks, quickly becoming an invaluable teammate. We are so lucky to have him onboard as TJFP’s new Database & Communications Coordinator!
That same year, former grantee Cathy Kapua joined the 2017 Community-led Grantmaking Fellowship crew. After completing her Fellowship, Cathy enthusiastically agreed to work with us a contractor helping us welcome and provide training as well as one on one support to our grantmaking fellows in 2018 and 2019. Cathy already came to TJFP with a long track record of devotion and care for trans communities and trans justice. We’re overjoyed Cathy said yes to us one more time, and we’re honored to have her vision and leadership as our new Deputy Director!
Over the course of several years Cathy and Demian have given so much of themselves to make TJFP what it is today, and we can’t imagine doing this work without them.
Passing the Torch!
When TJFP was brand new and just starting to get up and running, we realized we would need an experienced, talented facilitator to help create a space for our community-led panel to make difficult and thrilling decisions selecting grantees and their award amounts. Having seen Nico Amador in action while facilitating for the Leeway Foundation’s artist and organizer funding panels it was obvious to us that he was ‘the one’! And he’s been facilitating TJFP from the very beginning! At first he facilitated solo before Andrea Jenkins and Glo Ross joined the facilitation team.
And now as we move into our 8th year Nico will be working closely with Cathy Kapua and 2019 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow Zakia McKensey, onboarding them and passing the torch to our new TJFP facilitation team! What a legacy of brilliant and fiercely dedicated facilitators!
Zakia has been a long time powershouse in Richmond, Virginia as founder and executive director of Nationz Foundation. Zakia is also a former grantee of TJFP and we can’t believe she said yes to joining us. We’re still fanning ourselves!
We invite you to celebrate this fabulous news with us by welcoming this dynamic team Zakia, Cathy, and Demian to TJFP! We couldn’t be more proud to continue trusting and centering the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Brown, people of color who are trans, gender nonconforming, and non-binary!
Cathy Kapua, Deputy Director
Cathy has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for younger transgender women in Hawai`i.
Zakia McKensey, Community Grantmaking Facilitator
Zakia is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor. She is a former Miss Gay Black America, Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a Disease Intervention Specialist and also the 1st African American Transgender Women to ever work for the health district.
October of 2015 she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501C3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, Food Pantry, Emergency Housing and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she acquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food.
Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018. In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog Japan.
Demian Yoon, Database & Communications Coordinator
Demian Yoon is a bi and trans Korean-American from New York. After studying English and Religion at Haverford College, he has worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and philanthropy (both queer-focused and not), and is thrilled to be working at TJFP, his political home. Currently, he resides in suburban Connecticut with a partner and two sweet fur babies–a dog and a geriatric cat. In his free time he writes, takes long walks, and makes a mean frittata.
Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?
*TJFP does not fund individuals.
*You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!
We’re giving away more than ever before to 182 trans-led grassroots groups!
For the past several months, the 2018 TJFP community grantmaking fellows spent hour after hour carefully reading and reviewing applications from 216 trans-led, grassroots groups and projects from around the country and were charged with the task of moving resources to trans communities across the country–this year, a record breaking 182 groups will be receiving a grant. As always, we are inspired by each and every application that was submitted.
We felt the overwhelming need our communities are experiencing and we know that oftentimes this work is happening with very little to no support. In May we reached our 50k fundraising goal, allowing us to give away $500,000 this year, but 182 groups is a lot of groups and suddenly $500,000 didn’t feel like that much anymore. Lucky for us and thanks to a few last-minute donors, we were able to increase our total grant money well past half a million dollars—all the way to $650,000!
It’s because of our amazing family, friends, and community that we were able to give so much money to so many incredible grassroots trans-justice groups. We are so excited to announce our 2018 Grantees!
***Please check out this year’s list of grantees below***
Transgender Leadership Council of Alaska, Ankorage
TKO Society Inc., Selma
Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, North Little Rock
Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock
House of GG’s, Little Rock
Camp Born This Way, Tucson
Mariposas Sin Fronteras, Tucson
Peacework Medical, Phoenix
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Tucson
The Outlaw Project, Phoenix
Trans Queer Pueblo, Phoenix
Transcend Arizona, Paradise Valley
API Equality – Northern California (APIENC), San Francisco
API TransFusion, Oakland
Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project (BLMP), Oakland
Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project, Union City
Dem Bois Inc.
Gender Illumination, Berkeley
Live It Fully Empowered, Long Beach
Los Angeles Queer Resistance, Los Angeles
North State Trans/GNC Project
Peacock Rebellion, Oakland
The Red Shades, Oakland
Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective
Trans Student Educational Resources, Santa Cruz
Transfinite, San Francisco
Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco
TYES of the Pikes Peak Region
Transformative Freedom Fund, Denver
Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale
Social Film Projects, North Miami
Trans Women in need of Services DBA TransInclusive Group, Pembroke Pines
TransSOCIAL, Inc., Miami
UC|CU’s TRANSART Artists Showcase & Conference, Miami Beach
Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven
Freedom Overground, Atlanta
LaGender Inc., East Point
Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur
Sisters Returning Home
Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta
Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta
TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta
Ka Aha Mahu, Honululu
America in Transition, Chicago
Brave Space Alliance, Chicago
Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago
RAD Remedy, Chicago
Upswing Advocates, Chicago
TREES, Inc., South Bend
Louisiana Trans AdvocatesBaton Rouge
Intentional Flow, New Orleans
Black Trans Love is Black Wealth Writing Retreat, Williamstown
Maryland Trans*Unity, Bethesda
Translatina DMV, Hyattsville
Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore
Maine Transgender Network, Portland
Portland Outright, Portland
Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit
Ruth’s Apothecary, Detroit
Gender Reel, St. Paul
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis
Queer Science, Minneapolis
Our Spot KC, Kansas City
Gabriella Rosé Justice Scholarship, Columbia
Metro Trans Umbrella Group, St. Louis
Mid Missouri Transgender Support, Jefferson City
Trans Queer Flat, St. Louis
Transformations KC, Kansas City
Transfuturism by The Justice Fleet, St. Louis
The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg
Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula
LGBTQ Youth for Gender Equity, Missoula
Asheville Transformers, Candler
House of Pentacles, Durham
NC Transgender Rapid Response Project, Asheville
The Clearing, Durham
Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte
Transgender Medical Resources and Provider Education
Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville
Trans Collaborations Community Board, Lincoln
OutoftheBOXHub/Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Concord
OtherWise Engaged, Lawrenceville
Tertium Quid, Jersey City
Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque
Tres Soles, Albuquerque
Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas
Trans Pride Foundation Las Vegas
Transgender SOS, Las Vegas
All youth Inc., Lancaster
Black Trans Media, Brooklyn
Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights
Hudson Valley Creative Trans Wellness Collective, Boiceville
No Labels Clothing Cooperative, Buffalo
NYC Trans Oral History Project, New York
QTPoC Mental Health, New York
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, New York
Translatina Network, New York
Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus, Columbus
Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati
Margie’s Hope, Akron
TransOhio, Inc., Columbus
Beyond These Walls, Portland
The Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland
TransActive Gender Center, Portland
Black Excellence Collective, Philadelphia
Garden of Peace Project, Pittsburgh
Hearts On A Wire, Philadelphia
SisTers PGH, Homestead
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Reading
Trans Equity Project, Philadelphia
TransFamily of NWPA, Erie
Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition, San Juan
Semillas, San Juan
TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence
Gender Benders, Piedmont
We Are Family, Charleston
Trans Action South Dakota, Sioux Falls
Bold & Beautiful, Memphis
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville
Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville
Black Transmen Inc, Carrollton
Black Transwomen Inc, Carrollton
Gender Infinity, Houston
Gender Portraits, Austin
Latinas Trans Austin, Austin
Latinas Trans Dallas, Dallas
Organizacion Latina Trans in Texas, Houston
Trans Legal Aid Clinic Harris County, Houston
Trans Pride Initiative, Dallas
Transform Houston, Houston
Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond
Community Ele’te, Richmond
Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg
Nationz Foundation, Richmond
Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach
Green Mountain CrossroadsBrattleboro
Gender Justice League, Seattle
Heartspark Press, Olympia
Lavender Rights Project, Seattle
QTPOC Birthwerq Project, Seattle
Rad Care, Seattle
Stonewall Youth, Olympia
The #BlackTransPrayerBook, Seattle
The Transgender Language Primer, Burien
UTOPIA Seattle, Seattle
Center for Community Healing, Madison
Nelwat Ishkamewe, EarthStar
Please spread the word that our application deadline is this Thursday February 15th, 2018 at 12 Midnight EST!
Now is the time to apply or encourage others!
Is Your Group Eligible for a TJFP Grant?
TJFP does not fund individuals.
You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!
“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.
We are so excited to be here at Funding Forward 2016, the annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues, hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Executive Director, Gabriel Foster presented at the plenary session on “Trans Justice Funding and Organizing: Honoring Legacies and Building Futures, alongside Shelby Chestnut from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Patricia Eng at New York Women’s Foundation, Andy Marra at the Arcus Foundation, and Isa Noyola from the Transgender Law Center.
We also had the opportunity to share more about TJFP’s funding structure at a workshop on “Transformative Giving Models to Fund Transformative LGBTQ Activism.” It was such a treat to be able to share space with folks like, Miabi Chatterji at the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund and Dr. Alice Y. Horn from AAPIP and hear about their work with donor and giving circles.
Thank you Funders for LGBTQ Issues for including us at this wonderful gathering!