The Groundswell Fund has announced the Black Trans Fund Community Care Grant, the first US-based national fund in the country dedicated to uplifting, resourcing, and building the capacity of Black trans social justice leaders.
Black Trans Fund 2023 CCG Funding Priorities:
- Organizations that center and sustain Black trans Joy and Liberation
- Organizations with strong Black trans politics
- Organizations that intentionally name Black trans communities in their mission and vision
- Black trans organizations in rural areas of the Midwest, Southwest, and South
- Organizations led by Black trans masc identified folks supporting Black trans communities
- Organizations led by Black trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender expansive folks supporting Blacktrans communities
- Organizations with a commitment to supporting Black trans folks with disabilities and chronic illnesses
The Black Trans Fund will direct Community Care funding to the following areas:
- Mutual Aid – Moving resources directly to the community, offering to support the well-being of the community.
- Wellness and Healing – Offerings of healing sessions, convening, retreats, mental and emotional health support, and gender-affirming care.
- Organizing and Activism – Community-organized campaigns, educational offerings, and training, leadership development, and movement response.
- Gender Justice for Trans and Gender-Expansive Youth – supporting organizations and initiatives that protect, support, and advocate for trans youth in schools, sports, health, and wellness amidst current legislative threats and/or bans on body autonomy and affirmation.
- Reproductive Justice – supporting organizations and initiatives that center body autonomy, birth justice, abortion access, and family building/protections for trans folks across identities.
- Arts and Culture – Visual Arts, Digital Arts & Media, Performing Arts, and Cultural Preservation Work
- Although this will be the only cycle this year, they are still moving $200,000 to the field, and look forward to applications that center Black trans joy, Community Care that uplifts Black trans liberation, and applications provide space Black trans dreaming. They want to know how funding supports Black trans thriving, not weed through despair or struggle.
The Black Trans Fund (BTF) defines Black trans-led organizations as organizations with a minimum of 75% of leadership and decision-making staff identifying as Black and trans and includes:
- organizations with a majority Black trans-led board, staff, and volunteers in decision-making positions;
- a Black trans-led coalition; or
- a Blacktrans-led effort within a majority of people of color-led organizations. Organizations must have Black trans leaders indecision-making positions at the staff and board level, directly benefiting and sustaining Black trans communities.
- Organizations without an active 501c3
- Organizations that are not US Based
- Organizations that are not explicit in their mission and vision about supporting Black trans and gender-nonconforming/gender expansive-communities
- Organizations that submit applications that center despair and statistics
- Organizations that do not articulate how their work uplifts, centers, and sustains joy and liberation for Black trans communities.
- Sponsorship requests
- Funding for housing programs, housing permits, and new property purchases
- Funding gaps or operational costs for general operational funding
- Work or projects that have already occurred
- Rapid Response/Urgent funding for time-sensitive requests
For more information, visit Groundswell Fund.