Frequently Asked Questions

Why a Trans Justice Funding Project?

Because very little money goes to LGBT organizations and even less goes to trans justice work. Even less than that goes to groups run by and for trans people. Even less goes to grassroots, local work. Even less goes to groups that center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. And very little if any of this money is non-restricted funding that activists can use in whatever way they deem best. By creating the Trans Justice Funding Project, we hope to help call attention to all this while moving some money right now. We also hope to help organizations build longer-term relationships with donors (and maybe even some foundations) who want to support this work but might not know about some of the more under-the-radar organizing that is happening.

Why a community-led giving process?

When wealthy donors and foundations control the giving process, it gives them an inordinate amount of power over what kind of work gets done and what organizations have to do to keep themselves afloat. This project is about investing in communities making decisions by and for ourselves. We believe in the power of community-led decision-making.

How does the process work?

TJFP brings together a panel of six trans and gender non-conforming activists from across the country each year. The panel reviews all the applications and then convenes at the end of April for a weekend-long in-person meeting to decide on the year’s grantees. You can read about our panel members here and our grantees and applicants here. Or get more details about the whole process from our most recent annual report.

What are your funding criteria?

Read more about what we fund here.

How can I apply?

Read more about our application process here.

How do you raise the money?

We hope to reach out to people who believe in the urgent need to organize for trans justice. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated—we couldn’t have done this without you!

Read about how to donate here.

Why did you decide to create an alternative structure instead of becoming a non-profit?

Read all about our new funding model here!

I have more questions…

We aim to be as transparent as possible about our process. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, just email us and we’ll do our best to get back to you as fast as possible!