Supporting the Resistance: Over 50 Grants for Trans Advocacy

The Fund for Trans Generation, created by Borealis Philanthropy, gave out over 50 grants to support community advocacy for transgender people.

Nonprofits development folks looking to build community advocacy for trans people have a new source to tap. The Fund for Trans Generation (FTG), created by Borealis Philanthropy, just gave out its first round of grants, with an initial deployment of over 50 grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.

Borealis Philanthropy reports that it received 130 letters of inquiry for this initial grant cycle. 69% of these grantees has a budget of $75,000 or less, so these grants are going to make a huge contribution to the overall funding of these essential community groups.

The grants will focus on improving the quality of life for trans people in a variety of ways, and sought to include those facing multiple forms of exclusion, such as “girls and women, youth of color, rural activists, people with disabilities, from indigenous groups, elders, incarcerated and/or formerly incarcerated,” according to a press release announcing the grants.

A wide range of strategies are being employed by these organizations, including challenging the criminalization, incarceration, and deportation of trans people, seeking to change the public discourse around gender, offering trans people access to healing and support, and leadership development in the sector.

An Advisory Committee of 5 trans and gender non-conforming organizers was created as part of the grantmaking process, so that leaders and activists from across the country could contribute to the grantmaking decisions. 

The Fund’s page on the Borealis website provides more information on the grantmaking process, as well as information about FTG’s “Rapid Response” fund, which deploys grants to respond to “unanticipated events and strategic opportunities.” Download the FTG Rapid Response FAQ for details. For additional updates on FTG, you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a full list of the grantees with links to more information about the projects:


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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