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Entering a new year with new staff at TJFP!

Images left to right: Cathy Kapua and Mattee Jim, 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellows; Micky Bradford, Úmi Vera, Zakia McKensey, Sammie Ablaza Wills, Priyank Jindal, 2019 Community Grantmaking Fellows; Demian Yoon at 2019 Philly Trans Wellness conference.

We are pleased to introduce Cathy Kapua and Demian Yoon as TJFP’s newest staff members, and Zakia McKensey as part of our brilliant facilitation team!

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 the new Administrative Assistant!

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, Administrative Assistant

Demian Yoon received his BA in English and minored in Religion at Haverford College. Since then, he’s worked in education (both indoor and outdoor) and currently splits his time between roles as an Administrative Assistant at Trans Justice Funding Project and a Trust & Safety Assistant at DonorsChoose. He is a New Yorker born and raised, now living in Brooklyn, and enjoys science fiction, educational podcasts, hiking, and spending time with his loved ones.

 

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Applications are open for 2020 grants!

It’s that time again! Time for grassroots, trans-led, trans justice groups to apply for funding and for those of us who can, to donate what we can to support their work.  Please help us spread the word! The application is currently available in English and Spanish.

Please make sure to read our guidelines first to determine if your group is eligible.


 

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 a U.S. territory?
  • 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?

* TJFP does not fund individuals.
* You do not need to be a 501c3 non-profit or have a fiscal sponsor to apply!

How Much Money is TJFP Giving Away?

Grants range in size and the more money we raise by May, the more we can give away! Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trusting and supporting trans leadership. Our 2020 goal is to give away at least 750,000 dollars with grant sizes of $2500, $5000, and $10,000.

Deadline

The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2020 by midnight Eastern Standard Time. Decisions will be made at the end of May 2020, so you can expect to hear back from us by early June 2020.

Translation & Accessibility

The application is currently available in English and Spanish.

Please email us at admin@transjusticefundingproject.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.

¡Las solicitudes ya están disponibles para las subvenciones del 2020 del Proyecto de Financiamiento de Justicia Trans (TJFP)!

TJFP es iniciativa comunitaria de financiamiento fundada en 2012 para apoyar grupos comunitarias de justicia trans dirigidos por y para personas trans. Hacemos becas anualmente por organizar un comité de seis activistas de justicia trans de todo el país para revisar cuidadosamente cada solicitud que recibimos.

¿Es elegible su grupo para una beca de TJFP?

  • ¿Es un grupo?
  •  ¿Es grupo comunitario de justicia trans dirigido por y para personas trans?
  • ¿El presupuesto total de su grupo es menos que $250,000?
  • ¿Está ubicado en los Estados Unidos o en Territorios de los Estados Unidos?
  • ¿Su grupo se enfoca en el liderazgo de personas trans organizando sobre sus experiencias con racismo, injusticia económica, trans-misoginia, capacitismo, inmigración, encarcelamiento, y otras opresiones interseccional?
  • ¿Satisface las necesidades de diferentes comunidades locales y organiza y/o provee servicios para unir las personas
  • ¿Considera su trabajo parte de una panorama general de trabajo dirigido por las personas trans para dignidad y justicia para todas personas?

TJFP no da becas a individuos.

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

¿Cuánto dinero está donando el TJFP?

Las becas varían en tamaño.  Cuanto más recaudamos  más podemos regalar! Cada centavo que recaudamos va a nuestros beneficiarios sin restricciones ni condiciones tampoco porque creemos sinceramente en confiar en y apoyar al liderazgo trans.

Fecha límite

La fecha límite para solicitar es la 15 de febrero de 2020 por la medianoche EST. Decidiremos a finales de May 2020. Entonces, planea tener la respuesta de nosotrxs para Junio 2020.

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Last day to apply for a 2019 TJFP grant!

En Español.

Deadline is tonight at 12 midnight EST–please check the eligibility criteria and apply now!

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?

*TJFP does not fund individuals.

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

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Announcing the 2018 TJFP Grantees!

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***

The 2018 TJFP Grantees

Alaska

Transgender Leadership Council of Alaska, Ankorage

 

Alabama

Dropzone, Selma

TKO Society Inc., Selma

Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering (TAKE), Birmingham

Arkansas

Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, North Little Rock

Center for Artistic Revolution, Little Rock

House of GG’s, Little Rock

 

Arizona

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

 

California

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

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, Oakland

North State Trans/GNC Project

Peacock Rebellion, Oakland

The Red Shades, Oakland

Trans and Nonbinary Housing Collective

Trans Student Educational Resources, Santa Cruz

Trans-E-Motion, Fresno

Transfinite, San Francisco

Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability, San Francisco

TranShout

 

Colorado

TYES of the Pikes Peak Region

Transformative Freedom Fund, Denver

 

Washington D.C.

The Marsha P. Johnson Institute

Trans Women of Color Collective

 

Delaware

The East Coast Two Spirit Society, Lewes

 

Florida

Arianna’s Center, Fort Lauderdale

Orlando Trans Awareness</a, Orlando>

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

 

Georgia

Comunidad Estrella, Brookhaven

Freedom Overground, Atlanta

LaGender Inc., East Point

Sexual Liberation Collective, Decatur

Sisters Returning Home

Southern Fried Queer Pride, Atlanta

TMBLM, Duluth

Trans Housing Atlanta Program, Inc., Atlanta

Trans(forming), Atlanta

TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, Atlanta

 

Hawaii

Ka Aha Mahu, Honululu

 

Idaho

Idaho Transgender Healthcare Advocacy Coalition, Inc., Boise

 

Illinois

America in Transition, Chicago

Brave Space Alliance, Chicago

Masjid al-Rabia, Chicago

RAD Remedy, Chicago

Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, Chicago

Upswing Advocates, Chicago

Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), Chicago

 

Indiana

GenderNexus, Indianapolis

TREES, Inc., South Bend

 

Kansas

Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project,Topeka

 

Louisiana

Louisiana Trans AdvocatesBaton Rouge

Intentional Flow, New Orleans

 

Massachusetts

Black Trans Love is Black Wealth Writing Retreat, Williamstown

 

Maryland

Maryland Trans*Unity, Bethesda

Translatina DMV, Hyattsville

Sistas of the “T”, Baltimore

 

Maine

Maine Transgender Network, Portland

Portland Outright, Portland

 

Michigan

Detroit REPRESENT!, Detroit

Ruth’s Apothecary, Detroit

 

Minnesota

Gender Reel, St. Paul

Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis

Queer Science, Minneapolis

 

Missouri

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

 

Mississippi

The Spectrum Center, Hattiesburg

 

Montana

Montana Two Spirit Society, Missoula

LGBTQ Youth for Gender Equity, Missoula

 

North Carolina

Asheville Transformers, Candler

House of Pentacles, Durham

NC Transgender Rapid Response Project, Asheville

The Clearing, Durham

Trans*Visible, Durham

Transcend Charlotte, Charlotte

Transgender Medical Resources and Provider Education

Tranzmission, Asheville

Tranzmission Prison Project, Asheville

 

Nebraska

Trans Collaborations Community Board, Lincoln

TransLNK, Lincoln

 

New Hampshire

OutoftheBOXHub/Helpin’ Tranz Form U, Concord

 

New Jersey

OtherWise Engaged, Lawrenceville

Tertium Quid, Jersey City

 

New Mexico

Transwoman Empowerment Initiative, Albuquerque

Tres Soles, Albuquerque

 

Nevada

Las Vegas TransPride, Las Vegas

Trans Pride Foundation Las Vegas

Transgender SOS, Las Vegas

 

New York

All youth Inc., Lancaster

Black Trans Media, Brooklyn

Colectivo intercultural TRANSgrediendo / CITG, Jackson Heights

Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Bronx

Dorian Corey Project/TRANSgressionsBuffalo

F2L, Brooklyn

Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (GLITS, Inc.), Brooklyn

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

The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Collective, New York

The TransGenerational Theatre Project, Queens

Transilient, Brooklyn

Translatina Network, New York

 

Ohio

Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus, Columbus

Heartland Trans Wellness Group, Cincinnati

Margie’s Hope, Akron

TransOhio, Inc., Columbus

 

Oklahoma

TransOklahoma, Tulsa

 

Oregon

Beyond These Walls, Portland

Glitter squadron*portland disability bloc, Portland

Sacred Vessle Medicine and The Equi Institute, Portland

The Bridgewalkers Alliance, Portland

Trans*Ponder, Eugene

TransActive Gender Center, Portland

 

Philadelphia

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

Transfaith, Philadelphia

TransFamily of NWPA, Erie

 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Trans Youth Coalition, San Juan

Semillas, San Juan

 

Rhode Island

TGI Network of Rhode Island, Providence

 

South Carolina

Gender Benders, Piedmont

We Are Family, Charleston

 

South Dakota

Trans Action South Dakota, Sioux Falls

 

Tennessee

Bold & Beautiful, Memphis

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Nashville

Trans Empowerment Project, Knoxville

 

Texas

Allgo, Austin

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 Education Network of Texas, Austin

 

Virginia

Transgender Veterans Support Group-Virginia, Richmond

Community Ele’te, Richmond

Lynchburg Transgender Alliance, Lynchburg

Nationz Foundation, Richmond

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia, Virginia Beach

Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C., Burke

 

Vermont

Green Mountain CrossroadsBrattleboro

 

Washington

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

Wisconsin

Center for Community Healing, Madison

TwoSpirit Nation
Nelwat Ishkamewe, EarthStar

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Half a Million Thanks to You!

Together, WE DID IT!

We’re so happy and proud to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $50,922. This means, that once again we’ll be able to distribute $500,000.00 to our grantees this year! That’s half a million dollars supporting something truly invaluable–trans justice led by grassroots, trans leadership across the country. 

 Over 200 individuals donated, which is awe-inspiring and humbling. We can’t thank you enough for all your generosity and support! We truly couldn’t do this without you. 

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Introducing 2018 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Keiva Lei Cadena!

A huge welcome to Keiva Lei Cadena!

Keiva Lei is a Native Hawaiian Transgender Woman. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has called Honolulu, Hawaii home for the last 20 years. She works as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Life Foundation in Honolulu, where she plans and facilitates programs, retreats, events, and groups, designed to empower, educate, support, and cultivate leadership and advocacy amongst the HIV+ community across the state of Hawaii. She has been living with HIV since August of 2014. Keiva works tirelessly across the country focusing on the decriminalization of HIV, eliminating stigma amongst and against the HIV+ community and rejecting the marginalization of human rights for the Trans community, especially Trans Women of Color. She sits on the Positively Trans National Advisory Board and is a 2017 graduate of NMAC’s Building Leader of Color – BLOC Program. At home, along with her partner Kevin, Keiva cares for her 16 year old daughter Maddisen and her 1 year old granddaughter Makayla. She is strongly connected to her Native Hawaiian heritage and is an award winning Hula dancer since the age of three.

 

We are so excited and grateful for your energy and wisdom!

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TJFP 2018 Application Deadline Approaching on 2/15!

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?

  • 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?

TJFP does not fund individuals.

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

 

 

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Hot off the press! TJFP’s 2017 annual report is here!

We’re so excited to share with you TJFP’s 2017 annual report!

Because TJFP has the most incredible family and friends, we had the honor of moving half a million dollars to 153 trans-led grassroots groups across the country last year. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about these fierce folks by viewing our 2017 annual report! They are history in the making.

Also… applications are now open for 2018 TJFP grants! Please review the eligibility criteria and apply!  The deadline to apply is 2/15/2018 so spread the word and share widely!

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TJFP to receive the Out for Impact Award!

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

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Introducing 2017 TJFP Community Grantmaking Fellow, Mattee Jim!

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!

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