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Apply to ITF’s Third Grant Cycle

The ITF is accepting applications to our third grant cycle. We warmly welcome applications from trans-led groups with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018 at 5pm (ET/New York time).

Applying for a Grant
If you are thinking about applying for a grant, here is what you need to know:

  • The ITF is flexible and open to funding different forms of organizing. You can be organized as a collective, support group, formal organization, network, project, etc. However, in order to be eligible, your group must be trans-led (a definition is available here).
  • Your group does not need to be registered.
  • We prefer to make core/general support grants. We trust groups to know what they need. If your group would like to apply for project funding, you can specify this as part of your funding request.
  • We are only able to make one-year grants. Most grants will range between $10,000 and $30,000. Grants up to $50,000 may be considered in special circumstances. We do not accept applications for funding of more than $50,000 or less than $5,000.
  • We accept applications for funding in English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.
  • All groups must complete the ITF’s application form (available here).
  • In order to promote accessibility for all groups, the ITF welcomes video applications. This is limited to organizations that do not have the capacity to write an application but are better able to provide a spoken application in one of our languages (learn more at the bottom of this page).
  • This is a highly competitive process. If you applied in the past but were unsuccessful, you may apply again. We strongly encourage you to read the Application Guidelines (here). We are also hosting webinars in several regions, learn more on our website.
  • You can find more information at www.transfund.org or contact info@transfund.org.

ITF Funding Webinar in Asia and the Pacific

The ITF invites trans-led groups from Asia and the Pacific to join us for a webinar on how to apply to the third grantmaking cycle. During this webinar, we will share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities and the grantmaking process. We will also give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application. After the presentation there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar takes place on November 19 at 1pm (ICT/Bangkok time)

Please register here.

ITF Funding Webinar in the Caribbean

The ITF invites trans-led groups from the Caribbean to join us for a webinar on how to apply to the third grantmaking cycle. During this webinar, we will share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities and the grantmaking process. We will also give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application. After the presentation there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar takes place on November 15 at 11am (ET).

Please register here.

Seminario web de financiación

El ITF invita a grupos dirigidos por un liderazgo trans de todas partes del mundo a que nos acompañen en un seminario en línea sobre cómo solicitar para el tercer ciclo de concesión de apoyos. En este seminario en línea, compartiremos información sobre los criterios de elegibilidad, las prioridades de financiamiento y el proceso de concesión de apoyos. También ofreceremos consejos útiles para redactar una solicitud competitiva. Después de la presentación habrá una discusión interactiva y oportunidad para hacer preguntas.

El seminario en línea se llevará a cabo el 16 de noviembre, 2018 a las 3pm ET (Horario Este – Hora de Nueva York).

La inscripción es gratuita y está abierta ahora. Simplemente entra al enlace a continuación para reservar tu espacio.

Registrar aquí.

ITF Funding Webinar in Africa

The ITF invites trans-led groups from Africa to join us for a webinar on how to apply to the third grantmaking cycle. During this webinar, we will share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities and the grantmaking process. We will also give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application. After the presentation there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar takes place on November 14 at 3pm (EAT/Nairobi time).

Please register here.

Вебинар по финансированию от МТФ

Международный транс-фонд (МТФ) приглашает участни_ц групп/организаций, возглавляемых транс-людьми и работающих в странах Центральной Азии и Кавказа, к участию в вебинаре, посвящённом процессу подачи заявок на финансирование в рамках нашего третьего грантового цикла.

Вебинар начнётся 9 ноября в 16:00 по бишкекскому времени.

https://zoom.us/j/197906517

ITF Funding Webinar

The ITF invites trans-led groups from across the globe to join us for a webinar on how to apply to the third grantmaking cycle. During this webinar, we will share information about the eligibility criteria, funding priorities and the grantmaking process. We will also give helpful tips on how to write a strong and competitive application. After the presentation there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar will take place on November 8, 2018 at 11am ET (New York time). Please note this is an English language webinar. Webinars in other languages will follow shortly.

Registration is free and open to everyone. Just click the link below to save your space.

Register here.

ITF’s Third Grantmaking Cycle is Now Open

The ITF is pleased to announce our third grantmaking cycle. We warmly welcome applications from trans-led groups with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2018 at 5pm (EST/New York time).

We require all groups to complete the ITF’s application form. We strongly encourage you to read the Application Guidelines which are available on our website (www.transfund.org). If you have questions, please contact info@transfund.org.

    


Español (Spanish)
El Fondo Trans Internacional (ITF, por sus siglas en inglés) anuncia cordialmente nuestro tercer ciclo de concesión de apoyos. Damos una calurosa bienvenida a solicitudes de grupos liderados por gente trans con presupuestos por debajo de $150.000 USD, basados en cualquier región del mundo. La fecha límite para solicitar es el 1 de diciembre, 2018 a las 5pm (Hora Este/horario de Nueva York).

Requerimos que todos los grupos completen el formulario de solicitud del ITF. Les exhortamos a estudiar cuidadosamente las normas de solicitud antes de enviar su solicitud que están disponibles en nuestro sitio web (www.transfund.org). Si tienen cualquier pregunta, no duden en contactarnos a info@transfund.org.


中文 (Chinese)

国际跨性别基金 (International Trans Fund, ITF) 即将启动第三轮基金资助。我们欢迎世界各区域年度预算低于15万美元且由跨性别领导的跨性别组织提交申请。本次申请的截止时间为2018121日下午5(纽约/美国东部时间)。

各组织均需提交一份申请表。我们强烈建议您在提交申请前仔细阅读《申请指南》,该指南可从我们的网站下载 (www.transfund.org)。如有任何疑问,请联系info@transfund.org。


Français (French)
L’International Trans Fund (ITF) est heureux d’annoncer notre troisième cycle d’octroi de subventions. Nous accueillons avec plaisir les candidatures de groupes dirigés par des personnes trans avec des budgets inférieurs à 150 000 $ USD basés dans toutes les régions du monde. La date limite pour postuler est le 1er décembre 2018 à 17 h (heure de l’Est/New York).

Cette année, nous demandons à tous les groupes de remplir le formulaire de demande de l’ITF. Nous vous encourageons vivement à lire les Lignes directrices pour les demandes de financement disponibles sur notre site web (www.transfund.org). Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter info@transfund.org.


Pусский (Russian)
Международный транс-фонд (МТФ) с радостью объявляет о начале третьего грантового цикла. Мы ждём заявок от групп, которые возглавляют транс-люди, с годовым бюджетом не выше 150 тыс. долларов, из любого региона мира. Крайний срок подачи заявок — 1 декабря 2018 года, 17:00 по нью-йоркскому времени.

Мы убедительно просим внимательно ознакомиться с Инструкциямипрежде, чем заполнять форму. Инструкции находятся на нашем веб-сайте (www.transfund.org). В случае возникновения вопросов, пожалуйста, обращайтесь по адресу info@transfund.org (можно на русском).

ITF Seeks Program Intern

The ITF seeks an organized, creative and flexible person to join our team as a Program Intern. You must be experienced and passionate about global trans movements. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.

Organizational Description
The ITF is an 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.

Program Internship
Under the supervision of the Program Associate and/or the Executive Director of ITF, the Program Intern will provide program assistance and administrative functions to the organization. This position provides an intern with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in nonprofit settings and with global trans movements, with potential opportunities for special projects depending on the intern’s skills. Orientation and training is required and provided. Program Interns work closely with ITF’s Program Associate to learn about, and contribute to, our support of over 30 trans-led groups around the world. In addition to learning about ITF’s history and values, Program Interns receive training and guidance on our progressive grantmaking model and learn about trans, feminist and social justice movements globally. Interns can expect to be involved in a variety of aspects of ITF’s grantmaking, including:

  • Proposal Intake.
  • Responding to inquiries from applicants and grantees.
  • Reference checks for groups going to panel.
  • Translation of eligible proposals for review.
  • Translating key documents to facilitate outreach and communication with grantee partners.

ITF particularly seeks interns with Spanish, or other language proficiency, in addition to English.

Additional Considerations

  • This position is based in Astraea’s NY office with an immediate start date, US work authorization is required. 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 strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Requirements

  • Detail-oriented, able to follow directions, and take initiative when needed.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality, professional demeanor.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel.

Time & Remuneration
$13/hour increasing to $15/hour effective January 1, 2019.

The Intern will be required to work at minimum 2 full days per week, or 3 partial days per week, and no more than 21 hours per week. Internships have a maximum commitment of 6 months.

Our internships offer you the opportunity to:

  • Explore career opportunities – by working in philanthropy, you can receive an inside look at your potential career path.
  • Network – meet a variety of people involved in philanthropy through your internship, allowing you to form relationships you can build on in the future.
  • Find mentors – we value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.

Who we are looking for:

  • Organized, creative and flexible person to join our team.
  • Experienced and passionate about global trans movements.

How to Apply
Please send resume/CV and cover letter to jobs@transfund.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by October 31, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted.

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

Call for Applications to the ITF Grant Making Panel

The ITF is seeking applications from committed activists to be members of the Grant Making Panel (GMP).

  • Would you like to support trans activists around the world?
  • Do you have a passion for advancing trans rights and building a sustainable trans community?
  • Are you committed to and invested in the trans movement in your country, your region and/or on a global level?
  • Are you an trans activist with a proven track record of working beyond your country or region?
  • Do you identify as trans (as someone whose gender identity or expression differs from your gender assigned at birth)?
  • Are you deemed credible and trustworthy in the eyes of your peers and would you like to help make decisions on how resources are allocated in our movements? 

The deadline for submitting your application is October 1, 2018.  Applications can be submitted in either English or Spanish, the two official working languages of the ITF.

Background
Trans groups across the globe remain severely under-resourced and operate with limited or no budgets. The State of Trans Organizing, a survey of 455 trans organizations conducted in 2016 by AJWS (American Jewish World Service), GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality) and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, found that two out of five trans groups had zero external funding and only 40% received foundation funding. 56% of trans organizations operated on a budget of less than USD$10,000 yearly and over three-quarters (78%) had annual budgets of less than USD$50,000. To address this disparity, a group of international trans activists and donors came together to create the ITF.

The ITF is a participatory grantmaking fund that aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing.

The purpose of the fund is to:

  1. Build & Sustain the Fund | Build and sustain a mechanism to support trans-led groups of different sizes working on a range of issues at the international, regional, country and local levels, with a particular emphasis on smaller groups and/or groups with access to fewer resources.
  2. Resource Trans Movements |  Increase resources and enhance access to resources to support trans movements, including:
    • Access to financial resources dedicated to trans-led organizations and groups through grantmaking.
    • Access to non-financial resources for trans organizations, such as skills building, organizational strengthening, leadership development and activist support.
    • Access to other and new donors for trans organizations, beyond the ITF’s direct support.
  3. Educate Philanthropic Community | Educate peers in the philanthropic community on trans issues and influence other funders and strategic allies in trans-related commitments and strategies.

What does “trans” mean to the ITF?
The ITF understands trans as a political term that defines the communities of people that we work with. We use trans to define people whose gender identity or expression differs from their gender assigned at birth. Some of these people identify and present themselves as male or female; others identify with a non-binary gender category. These identities or expressions include trans women, trans men, fa’afafine, leiti, fakafifine, akava’ine, mahu, vakasalewalewa, palopa, Sistergirls, Brotherboys, whakawahine, tangata ira tane, muxhe, omeguid, travesti, two spirit, hijra, bandhu, mangalamukhi, kinnar, thirunangai, thirunambi, khwaja sira, meti, katoey, waria, mak nyah, kua xing nan, trans laki-laki, transpinay, transpinoy, kwaa-sing- bit, and transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-binary, gender diverse, gender non-conforming, and agender people – to name just a few.

As part of the ITF’s commitment to self-determination and decolonizing bodily oppressions, we are permanently committed and open to recognizing gender identities that emerge and that our communities claim within their socio-political contexts. These arise from the ongoing work of resistance and liberation that involves both the remembering and reimagining of gender identities and expressions. The ITF does not privilege any one gender identity or expression over another, including those communities who do not have specific terms to describe who they are.

ITF’s Grantmaking
The ITF is a participatory grantmaking fund and we take an activist-led approach that engages trans people in our grantmaking process. This means that trans people are actively involved at every stage, from determining funding priorities to reviewing applications and making decisions about which groups get funded. All eligible applications that are submitted to the ITF are reviewed by our Grant Making Panel (GMP).

Roles and Responsibilities of the GMP
The role of the GMP is to review grant proposals submitted to the ITF and make decisions on these grant applications in line with ITF’s priorities and principles.

GMP members have the following responsibilities:

  1. Participate in at least one online GMP training.
  2. Attend one annual in-person meeting which takes approximately 6 days (the meeting location changes each year).
  3. Take active part in online discussions, e-mail exchanges, and at least 75% of online meetings (if necessary).
  4. Lead and conduct grantmaking processes, including:
    • Encourage trans communities to apply for funding.
    • Review applications for funding.
    • Make collective decisions on funding proposals (decisions of the GMP are final pending ratification from the Steering Committee).
    • Recommend grantmaking priorities and provide input on ITF strategy as relevant.
  5. Strictly adhere to ITF’s confidentiality and conflict of interest policies in and outside of the ITF at all times.
  6. Elect GMP Co-Chairs for each two-year cycle.

Time Commitment
In order to fulfil this position, GMP members must be able to commit to the following:

  • Participate in mandatory online training (2 hours) each year.
  • Review 30-50 applications (including scoring and providing feedback) over 6 weeks in each annual grantmaking cycle (50 hours total each year).
  • Attend and actively participate at in-person meeting (6 days) each year.

Qualification of the candidates|
Candidates need to:

  • Identify as trans.
  • Have at least 5 years of direct involvement with trans activism at the regional and/or international level.
  • Be recognised by other trans activists in their region as a trans community activist.
  • Be able to communicate and write in at least one of the ITF’s working languages (English or Spanish).
  • Be able and willing to work in a diverse environment that includes activists and donors.
  • Hold a passport allowing them to travel internationally to attend GMP meetings.
  • Have a strong commitment to fulfill tasks and deadlines.

It would be desirable for candidates to:

  • Be able to communicate and write in one of the other application languages (Chinese, French or Russian).
  • Have direct experience managing and reporting on grants for trans work.

Timeframe
GMP members will be appointed by the Steering Committee for a two-year term. Once the term is over, an individual can re-apply once, for a second term.

Compensation
GMP members will receive a remuneration of USD$1000 per one-year grant cycle. Members also receive travel expenses, including per diem, to attend ITF meetings.

Selection process
The Steering Committee will select nine (9) activists to serve as GMP members. When selecting candidates, every effort will be made to ensure diversity across regions, gender identities and expressions, and representation from further marginalised groups within trans communities.

Apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter to info@transfund.org by October 1, 2018.

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