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Microgrants provides trans and nonbinary people with funds to cover the costs of updating and correcting names and/or gender markers on identifying legal documents.

Our trained trans navigators will guide you through the process and paperwork, and then send you the funds covering the entire cost.


The next Microgrant application cycle opens on October 1st at 12:00PM Eastern here.

Microgrant application cycle opens on the:
1st at 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST
and
15th at 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST
of each month.

Due to high demand, we recommend you sign up to receive an email reminder before each cycle opens. Get Reminded

In order to distribute funds more equitably, 75% of microgrants each cycle are reserved for TBIPOC (trans Black, Indigenous, people of color).

Thanks to a generous donor, we are able to provide 20 microgrants per month to trans youth ages 18-29.

If you have any questions about our new (and improved!) system, please see our equity policy & FAQ or write to [email protected].

Our Principles

Dismantling White Supremacy

Assuming that all trans people have the same level of access to funds and our application on a first-come, first-serve basis reinforces white supremacy. It puts the onus on grantees to overcome hardships imposed upon them by an unjust world. White supremacy and colonialism lie at the root of the structural barriers TBIPOC (Trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities face. Dismantling white supremacy at a structural level means centering the people in our communities who face the most barriers to economic justice.

This means we reserve two microgrants per month for updating immigration documents, and 75% of our application slots are reserved for TBIPOC folks each application cycle. TBIPOC are disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration, and this is why our Inside Advocacy project provides financial aid to trans people that are currently incarcerated or recently released in the form of commissary funds, reentry grants, and name change support.

Redistribution as Economic Justice

The creation of low-barrier funds for trans people to change their IDs is based on the premise that it is inherently economically unjust for trans communities to pay fees for necessary documents that cis people do not. We believe that economic justice is a core component of trans people’s overall wellbeing and of racial justice.

It is an honor to do the work of redistributing financial support to our community in a way that structurally addresses the continuing impact of economic disparities created by white supremacy and transphobia. This redistribution of funds draws inspiration from the principles of mutual aid: our support of each other is a political act. Living under the crisis of capitalism necessitates that we take responsibility for caring for one another and changing our conditions.

Equity, not Equality

First-come, first-serve application processes are based on an equality framework that assumes everyone benefits from the same level of support. An equity based process addresses the failures of disparate levels of privilege and access caused by colonialism, white supremacy, ableism, and transmisogyny by prioritizing the needs of those who have been the intended targets of these systems.

Equity is both a process and an outcome. We strive to do the self-reflective work of evaluating what structures must be transformed to ensure just outcomes. We’ve focused on our program's internal structure and makeup and evaluated where inequities and omissions lie. We give each other compassionate feedback to hold each other accountable to our principles.

Our application is available in Spanish, and Spanish-speaking staff navigate ID changes with applicants. We are working to expand our application system to increase access to trans people living with disabilities and/or without internet access.

Self Determination

We believe in our communities' right to self identify, have autonomy over our choices, and manage our own lives. We don’t ask grantees to prove that funds were spent as they were intended because we refuse to perpetuate the assumption that trans people are not trustworthy. We cover the complete costs of updating documents because correct identification is necessary to gain access to work, bars, housing, schools, transportation, voting - even to make basic purchases. Our microgrants don’t just include funds; each grant is paired with peer support from another trans person who helps grantees navigate structures that overcomplicate and gatekeep our ability to live our lives. Our continuously updated database of local fees and requirements provides trans people with local information for most documents.

At least twenty grants a month go to trans youth ages 18-29, who have less access to self determination and trans community support - and are increasingly targeted in schools, healthcare, politics, and sports.