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.
This year we’re raising 90k to celebrate 9 years of funding trans justice!
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!
We are beyond honored to welcome Everette Thompson to this years community-led grantmaking panel.
Everette has over 20 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and movement building. He’s a Southerner by birth and choice, and has dedicated his career to strengthening organizational infrastructure in the South. Currently he serves as an Organizer with the Interfaith Organizing Initiative–an initiative that focuses on building strategic denominational support for congregation-based organizing on a national, state and regional level. Everette has a wide array of experiences serving different types and forms of organizations. Justice is his ministry and creating a welcoming table for everyone to dine in their divine ways is his call. Everette lives in East Point, GA with his greatest joy, Elijah, his sun and his much smarter wife Evelyn.
Looking forward to your brilliance!
TJFP’s role is to support grassroots trans leadership across the country. If you wanna learn more about what trans leadership can look like, we invite to you to check out the video we made as part of TJFP’s From the Ground to the Sky tour that highlights the work our previous grantee, The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) .
TTPC educates and advocates on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State, and local levels. In this video, you’ll hear from Marisa Richmond, a founding member of TTPC, about what she see’s her role is in this social justice movement, and learn more about the work TTPC does and how this group was formed! You can also find them online here!
TTPC is just one of the nearly 300 grassroots trans-led groups that TJFP has funded over the past 5 years. Help TJFP continue to support trans justice by making a donation. Our goal is to raise $50k by 5/15–together we can make this happen!
We’re thrilled to welcome Shawn Reagor to TJFP’s 2018 grantmaking team!
Shawn was born and raised in Montana. He started getting involved in advocacy work while studying Chemistry at Carroll College. Since then he has facilitated multiple trans and nonbinary support groups across the state, spoken at major conferences, testified on the state and municipal levels, and has been featured in articles and videos. Shawn is the director for the Montana Gender Alliance and works at the Montana Human Rights Network. He has worked on campaigns to prevent anti trans bathroom bills from passing in two states and which includes serving as the campaign chair in Montana. Shawn is especially devoted to providing support and building community for trans and nonbinary folks living in rural areas. He coauthored a journal article examining the effects of living in rural areas on TGNC people’s wellness. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his wife, Kasandra, and cat, Copernicus.
We can’t wait to work with you Shawn!
In February we received 216 applications from across the country! That’s an outstanding amount of commitment for love and justice for our communities.
TJFP lovingly invites you to continue supporting trans justice and leadership with us! As always, ever dollar donated will go directly to our 2018 grantees.
Help us raise $50,000 before May 15th!
Together, this goal is possible. Please take a moment with our 2018 fundraising campaign
, learn more about our grantees, and check out what we’ve been up to over the past year!
From $1 to $50,000, there’s no donation too big or too small. Every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees. Each year the trans community is faced with enormous challenges and we have to remain committed to each other and our people. Let’s raise some money!
In 2017, TJFP gave half a million dollars to 153 trans-led grassroots groups across the country, and we hope to give another half a million away in 2018.
Applications are now open for 2018 TJFP grants! Please review the eligibility criteria and apply! Share widely and get your application in!
The application is currently available in English and Spanish, but please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15th if you need a translated version in another language of the application. 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.
While you’re at it, check out our 2016 annual report so that you can see some of the groups that we funded last year. And if you can, help us continue to make this work happen by donating. From $1 to $50,000, there truly is no donation too big or too small. Every penny goes directly to these grassroots groups, without strings attached. Please join TJFP in continuing to support grassroots trans leadership!
TJFP is so honored to be receiving the Out for Impact Award from Funders for LGBTQ Issues at their 35th anniversary celebration, The Pride in Philanthropy Awards! TJFP is being recognized for our leadership supporting grassroots trans-led groups across the country, empowering transgender leaders in community-based organizations and in philanthropy, and transforming the conversation around impactful grantmaking within trans communities.
Thank you Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this momentous award!
The Pride In Philanthropy Awards: Thursday November 2nd, 4pm – 7pm at the Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10010
We are so excited to announce our final 2017 TJFP fellow, Mattee Jim!
Mattee is of the Zuni People Clan and born for the Towering House People Clan, this is how she identifies herself as a Navajo Person. Mattee currently works as a Supervisor for HIV Prevention Programs for First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, NM. Mattee is also a Board Member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, and A member of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Native LGBTQ. Mattee has been Blessed to have many years of Sobriety and also takes honor in being a Mentor, Advocate, role model, Trainer, Consultant, Leader, and a Strong Native Transgender Woman.
We are so looking forward to spending time and learning from your brilliance!
“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.
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!
Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association