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Author: Broden Giambrone

Introducing the ITF’s 4th Cycle Grantee Partners

The ITF made our first grant in 2017 and since then we have disbursed $2.615 million dollars to 105 trans-led groups in 63 countries. Now we would like to introduce you to our 4th cycle grantee partners. These groups were selected by the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a group of 15 trans and gender non-conforming activists who review each eligible application that we receive to our annual call for applications.

This year we are thrilled to support 52 trans-led organizations in 41 countries. These organizations are doing incredible work on the frontlines, often in very hostile contexts and with limited resources. We are proud to support organizations that are promoting trans leadership and working intersectionally. We invite you to learn more about the ITF’s 4th cycle grantee partners and join us in celebrating and amplifying this powerful movement building work.

How To Apply For ITF Funding Video

The ITF created and hosted funding webinars to support trans-led groups to apply to the 5th grant cycle. For those that could not make one of our webinars, we recorded a video with our Program Officer that you can watch at any time. In the video, we share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities, and the grantmaking process. We also give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application.

We suggest that you download the application form and guidelines to review while you follow along with the video (here).

We are accepting applications until 5 pm ET on December 4, 2020.

Statement on the Trans Day of Remembrance

This November 20th, 2020, the International Trans Fund (ITF) remembers and honors the lives of trans and gender-diverse people who have been murdered. The ITF’s mission is to mobilize sustainable resources for strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF has disbursed $2.615 million US dollars to 105 trans-led groups in 63 countries worldwide over four grantmaking cycles.

According to the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) TGEU project, 350 trans and gender-diverse people across the world were murdered between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. These updated results present a 6% increase in reported murders since 2019 and 3664 reported cases in 75 countries and territories worldwide between January 1, 2008 and September 30, 2020. These shocking figures illustrate the extremely high rates of violence that trans and gender-diverse people face every day.

In addition to direct violence, trans people also regularly experience stigmatization, exclusion and discrimination. In many countries, trans people struggle to obtain legal gender recognition and are forced to undergo medical procedures such as sterilization in order to be legally recognized. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as growing racism and police brutality, the lives of trans and gender-diverse people, especially those most marginalized, are at even greater risk. In order to better understand the impact of COVID-19, the ITF developed a short survey that went to our grantee partners in April 2020. One of the most striking results was that 73% reported mental health challenges and the urgent need for self-care and wellness.

As the only global participatory grantmaker fund exclusively dedicated to supporting trans-led groups in all world regions, the ITF is acutely aware of the many obstacles facing trans and gender-diverse people in accessing basic survival needs. Trans-led groups are also uniquely placed to address and respond to the challenges facing their communities but often lack the resources to do so. As we commemorate the Trans Day of Remembrance and the lives lost, the ITF stands in solidarity with trans people and groups across the world and calls upon:

  1. Civil society to stand up and amplify their voices against all violence directed towards trans and gender-diverse people.
  2. Donors to increase financial support for trans-led organizations, especially for the most marginalized trans communities globally, in recognition of the chronic and pervasive underfunding of trans movements.

Funding Webinars for the 5th Grant Cycle

The ITF will host webinars to support trans-led groups to apply to the 5th grant cycle. During these webinars, we will share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities and the grantmaking process. We will give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application. There will also be the opportunity to ask our Program Officers questions.

If your group has never been funded by the ITF, please join us for either a general or region-specific webinar. Please only register for a region-specific webinar if you are from that region. 

If your group has been funded by the ITF in the past and you are interested in applying for a THRIVE grant, please join us for a webinar for previously funded groups.

We suggest that you download the application form and guidelines before you join the webinar (here).

General Webinars

General funding webinars are open to trans-led groups in any region.

General (English)
Nov. 5, 7AM ET (NYC time)
Register here

General (Spanish)
Nov. 5, 11AM ET (NYC time)
Register here

Regional Webinars

Regional webinars are for trans-led groups from specific regions only.

Caribbean (English)
Nov. 9, 11AM ET / 12PM Dominican Republic
Register here  

Mexico & Central America (Spanish)
Nov. 9, 3PM CDMX, México and Costa Rica / 4PM Panamá
Register here

Central Asia (English with Russian interpretation)
Nov. 10, 7AM ET / 6PM Almaty, Kazakhstan
Register here

USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & Canada (English)
Nov. 10, 3PM ET / 9PM CET / Nov. 11, 9AM Auckland, NZ
Register here

East & Southern Africa (English)
Nov. 11, 7AM ET / 2PM South Africa
Register here

East, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific (English)
Nov. 12, 7AM ET/ 8PM Beijing, China
Register here 

Previous Grantee Partner Webinars

These webinars are for groups that have been ITF grantee partners during any of the past grant cycles and who are interested in applying for a THRIVE grant (please review the differences between a SEED and THRIVE grant here).

Previous Grantee Partners (English)
Nov. 6, 7AM ET (NYC time)
Register here

Previous Grantee Partners (Spanish)
Nov. 6, 11AM ET (NYC time)
Register here

The ITF’s 5th Grant Cycle is Now Open

The ITF is pleased to announce our 5th grant cycle! We welcome applications from trans-led organizations with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 4, 2020 at 5pm (ET/New York time).

This year the ITF is introducing two grant types:

  • SEED Grant (1-year)
    The SEED grant is a 1-year general support and/or project grant for trans-led organizations that have never been funded by the ITF, or that prefer to apply for this grant instead of the THRIVE Grant. Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000 USD/year.
  • THRIVE Grant (2-year)
    The THRIVE grant is a 2-year general support grant ONLY for trans-led organizations that have been previously funded by the ITF and are in good standing. Grants range from $20,000 to $40,000 USD/year (for a total of $40,000-$80,000 USD).
The application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from our website (here). The forms are available in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.

If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org

Meet the Donor Video

The ITF was thrilled to participate in the Global Philanthropy Project‘s ‘Meet the Donor’ session recorded in October 2020.

Mukasa, an ITF Program Officer, joined a panel of grantmakers to discuss the role they see for their institution within the funding ecosystem, and how they go about their own work as grantmakers and partners.

This video also provides a broad overview of the types of philanthropic institutions and funding flows in the LGBTI community and reviews some background information about philanthropy, fundraising, and the current state of worldwide LGBTI funding based on the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities.

Introducing Anesu!

The ITF is thrilled to announce the appointment of Anesu Nyatanga as Program Associate. Anesu studied Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University’s college of arts and science, and he believes in using an intersectional framework to support marginalized individuals in a variety of capacities.

This past year he worked with the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Operations and Civic Engagement Commission. Here he coordinated interpretation services for limited-English proficient voters during NYC elections. While at NYU, he served as the Vice-Chair for the Student Senators Council and as a Senator-at-Large for Black and Trans students. He was the inaugural Gender & Sexuality Chair of the Governance Council for Marginalized and Minority Students, which serves to unify and provide a channel of access to institutional bodies between all student organizations and committees in the Global Network. Additionally, he was one of the thought leaders for Shades, a student group for LGBTQ people of color.

On his days off, Anesu loves to weight lift, go to the movies, and argue about pop culture icons with his friends.

You can reach Anesu at anesun@transfund.org.

We are delighted to welcome Anesu to our team!

The ITF Welcomes Viviane!

The ITF is delighted to announce the appointment of Viviane Vergueiro Simakawa as our newest Program Officer. Viviane is a transfeminist activist, researcher and economist based in Brazil. She has 7 years professional experience organizing and participating in initiatives related to SOGIESC issues, specifically within Latin American contexts. She is also a passionate researcher and is currently studying gender identity and expression as a Ph.D. candidate in Women, Gender and Feminist Studies at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA).

Viviane’s involvement with activism and research on trans issues, particularly trans depathologization and initiatives at the local level in Brazil, has significantly influenced her work which is focused on resourcing and supporting trans people in various spheres and contexts. Viviane was previously a member of the ITF’s Steering Committee. She also holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and a BA in Economics.

Viviane will join our current Program Officer, Mukasa, to directly support our grantee partners and work with broader trans movements on capacity-building initiatives. Viviane is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

We are thrilled to welcome Viviane to our team! She can be reached at vivianes@transfund.org

 

Come Work with the ITF!

The ITF is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. We are the only international participatory fund that is led by and for trans people. Our grantmaking is intersectional and we support trans-led groups whose work contributes to social justice, movement building and the liberation of trans people.

We are a small, collaborative and dynamic staff team that is passionate about trans movement building and ensuring funding flows to trans-led groups working across the globe. We are looking to hire a Program Officer and Program Associate to join us.

1. Program Officer (Full-time, remote position)
We are seeking someone who is dedicated, passionate and collaborative to join our team as a Program Officer. This is a full-time, remote position (candidates can be based in any part of the world). The Program Officer manages relationships with grantee partners, provides support and accompaniment, develops capacity-building initiatives, participates in learning and evaluation of ITF’s programs and engages in philanthropic advocacy.

Learn more about what we are looking for here.

The deadline to apply has been extended to July 3, 2020. Please complete the ITF Program Officer Application Pack and submit to jobs@transfund.org (we are not accepting CVs or cover letters for this position).

2. Program Associate (Full-time, based in New York City)
The ITF also seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate. This is a full-time position based in the offices of our fiscal host, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, in New York City. US work authorization is required.

The Program Associate supports the overall day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team.

Learn more about what we are looking for here.

The deadline to apply is July 17, 2020. Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@transfund.org

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The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org

The ITF is Hiring a Program Associate

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Associate

Reports to: ITF Director
Location: New York
Closing Date: July 17, 2020

About the Organization
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a trans activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self- determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

About the Position
The ITF seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate.

The Program Associate is a full-time position that will support the overall day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team. The position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City.

Core Responsibilities

  • Conduct intake of applications, including data entry, file management and communication with applicants.
  • Maintain all grantee application and grant information in our grants database; generate grants documents from the database.
  • Coordinate translation of applications, which will be received in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
  • Provide initial screening of applications to determine eligibility for ITF support.
  • Prepare materials for the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a body of trans activists who review and assess funding applications.
  • Communicate with applicants, including responding to inquiries and sending grant notifications.
  • Prepare award packages for grantee partners.
  • Confirm payment details, manage the dissemination process and work with Astraea’s Fiscal Department to prepare, process, and track grants payments.
  • Coordinate Grant Making Panel and Steering Committee Meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, AV), and producing/organizing meeting materials.
  • Respond to general organizational queries.
  • Provide general administrative support to the Director and Program Officers.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time-to-time.

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years of programmatic experience in trans, LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements.
  • Superb organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions.
  • High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a supportive team player.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. Candidates able to communicate in English and Spanish will be given preference.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Astraea’s office in New York City. US work authorization is required. The ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Trans people are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants born or who originate from a Global South country are encouraged to apply.

Compensation
The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $60,000 USD/year commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@transfund.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by July 17, 2020.

The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

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