Transgender Grants Fund Reassignment Surgery and Non-Profit Social Justice Initiatives

| October 7, 2013 | 25 Comments

Transgender GrantsWhile transgendered individuals make up the smallest segment of the LGBT community, there are several grants available that offer support specifically to those that consider themselves to be transgender and to organizations involved with social justice issues that affect these individuals. To those unfamiliar with the concept, transgender is a state of gender identity where a person relates more to the opposite gender than the one they are born with. And while the transgender community is rather small with a 2011 Williams Institute study suggesting that only 0.3% of the United States population considers itself such, these grants exist to focus on the issues that this small group often face in their daily lives.

Jim Collins Foundation
While not all who consider themselves to be transgender choose to undergo sexual reassignment surgery, thousands do decide to pursue this medical procedure annually and many of those simply cannot afford the costs associated with this gender-confirming solution. Named in honor of well-known transgender advocate and social worker Jim Collins following his death, this foundation raises funding for and distributes support to those who seek SRS on a yearly basis. Applications are accepted between April and August with decisions on grants announced by November. Applicants must show financial need and prove an understanding of and preparedness for becoming a patient for surgery. Payments provided by the foundation are paid directly to the medical facility. Those applying for help must also supply a letter of recommendation from a licensed health professional to be considered for this grant.

Trans Justice Funding Project
Crime rates involving transgender victims is disproportionately high compared to similar instances involving the United States population as a whole. In fact, homicide rates alone involving LGBT victims is 2.5 times higher than what is found with non-LGBT victims. And much of this crime finds those who consider themselves to be transgender as the targets of this very violence. The Trans Justice Funding Project seeks to fund organizations that focus on these issues facing the transgender community. The project funds groups from coast to coast which seek to foster a better understanding of transgender issues and improve conditions in their own local areas. The project accepts applications from established groups and those starting organizations as well. Proposals are accepted at the beginning of each year with decisions made in March when the project’s panel of activists meet to consider grant funding. Last year, 22 organizations were awarded $1,000 to $5,000 each. To be added to the mailing list to receive information about future grant cycles, send an email to


Category: Medical Grants, Minority Grants, Non Profit Organization Grants, Personal Grants

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  1. Athena Francis says:

    I need assistance in grants for srs surgery.

  2. Iabaeasia Ann Ellman says:

    I would love more information on this so I can apply for the grant…

  3. Tracy Shawna Parker says:

    I would love to learn more. I work hard but it’s impossible for me to save that kind of money. I would like to learn about helping others also.

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Tracy, helping others is what its all about. I love your attitude. Check with that Collins Foundation website for more information.

  4. Just launched a fund-raising website to help accomplish my SRS surgery, which I would of already had if I wasn’t disowned. I Need help to circulate, market or advertise this web site. Thanks so much. – Lisa Marie

  5. Athena Francis says:

    I am in need of surgery really bad. I don’t work and I’m living on PA system but there is no assistant to help me get my surgery.

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Yea, it’s impossible through most Obamacare programs to get sexual reassignment. Unfortunately at this time there’s only that one program. Have you been able to apply for it?

    • Labaeasia Ann Ellman says:

      I would love all the information I can get on a grant for my reassignment surgery.

      • We have been getting a few emails a week with people expressing there interest in this grant. My advice to you and everyone else looking for this service it to check back every so often we will add any new information we find to this article.

        • Kipp Shives says:

          Yeah, we’re constantly looking out for any and all grants for the site, especially anything like this one due to the amount of interest you’ve expressed. We will add anything we find to this page when and if we do discover it. But for the most part for the moment this is it. Look in to any LGBT organizations that are in your city or town. And don’t be afraid to ask them for help. Most grants are local and most charity you can get a leg up from are in your town.

  6. Melissa Sue Sadzewicz says:

    I’m looking for financial help for a sex change operation.

  7. Philip says:

    I never crossed dressed, never went out. I always knew something was wrong. But getting mean comments from my own family and 0 support on how ugly I’d be as a woman. Now I am 53 and over 300 pounds.

    • Kipp Shives says:

      Don’t let your family rule your life forever, Philip. Lesbian, gay, transgender or straight, we’ve all come from challenging situations. And believe me, in my life its also my family. The Jim Collins Foundation doesn’t have any age limit for applying for their grant. If Caitlyn Jenner can do it in her late sixties, you can accomplish it now if you really want to. Good luck on that quest.

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