Microgrants

Microgrants provide trans and nonbinary people with low-barrier funds and support to correct names and/or gender markers on identifying legal documents, access trans health care, and necessities for our trans siblings behind bars.

$753,236

$635,445

given to trans people for IDs

$102,954

$185,347

given to incarcerated trans people

$102,954

Name Change Microgrants

Opens 1st of each month at 9am PT / 12pm ET, and 15th of each month 3pm PT / 6pm ET.

1-4 Weeks

Approximate Name Change Microgrant Processing Time

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When The Next Name Change Grant Cycle Is Open

COVID ALERT- Passports: Processing is delayed, though it is still possible to apply. Many passport offices are closed – so if you must apply in person (including changing a gender marker), research other locations to apply (like a post office).
COVID ALERT- Social Security: Check here to see if you’re eligible for an in-person appointment. Contact your local office to check the status of processing corrections, and ask what documents are required, especially when changing your gender marker with SSA.

Types of Microgrants

Funding for:

  • Court order legal name and/or gender marker change
  • Passport
  • Drivers license or state ID
  • Tribal ID

Eligibility:

  • Identify as trans and/or nonbinary
  • Be a US resident
  • Not have applied before

How to apply:

  • Apply here when cycle opens
  • Application cycle opens twice a month, on the 1st and 15th at the times below:
    • 1st of each month: 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern
    • 15th of each month: 3:00pm Pacific / 6:00pm Eastern
  • Sign up for email reminders when application cycles open

We are not able to offer assistance for:

  • Birth certificates
  • Housing
  • Medical costs
  • Non-US residents & non-US documents

Details:

  • 44 distributed per month
  • Amount disbursed covers full cost of local court and document fees
  • 75% of Microgrants each cycle are reserved for trans BIPOC
Funding for:

  • Commissary deposits for trans people who are incarcerated
  • Name & gender marker changes on documents for trans people who are incarcerated
  • Application is currently closed

Eligibility:

  • Identify as trans and/or nonbinary
  • Currently incarcerated in the US (city or county jail, immigration detention, juvenile detention, state or federal prison)

Details:

  • $500 Microgrant per person, per year, application is currently closed
  • Note: Family, friends, & advocates can apply on behalf of a trans person on the inside
  • Apply as needed, as long as funds allow
  • Alert will post each year when funds are no longer available

How to apply:

  • Applications are currently closed
Funds & Resources:

  • Housing & basic reentry needs
  • Localized packets with connections to services, providers, & trans community.
  • Application is currently closed

Eligibility:

  • Identify as trans and/or nonbinary
  • Formerly incarcerated in the US (city or county jail, immigration detention, juvenile detention, state or federal prison)
  • Must have been released within the past year.

Details:

  • $1500 Post-Release Microgrants, application is currently closed
  • Family, friends, & advocates can apply on behalf of a trans person on the inside nearing a release date
  • Prior recipients are not eligible to reapply
  • Distributed as needed, as long as funds allow
  • Alert will post when funds are no longer available

How to apply:

  • Applications are currently closed.
Funds & resources:

  • 1 year of HRT 100% covered, or 2 years of HRT 50% covered through vouchers from Folx Health.
  • 75% of vouchers will go to BIPOC as per our equity policy
  • The second cycle will open June 1st
  • Learn more here

Eligibility:

  • Identify as trans and/or nonbinary
  • 18 or older
  • Must be located in Washington, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida or Pennsylvania*

    *at this time only estrogen memberships are available in Pennsylvania (no testosterone memberships)

Details:

  • 1 year of HRT 100% covered, or 2 years of HRT 50% covered through vouchers from Folx Health. View available plans here.
  • Grant cycle will open quarterly: 3/1 (24 vouchers), 6/1 (24 vouchers), 9/1 (24 vouchers), 12/1 (28 vouchers)

How to apply:

  • Application will be available on this page on the dates above, and will close when slots are full.

FAQs

The Name Change Microgrant application cycle opens twice per month, on the 1st and 15th at the times below:

1st of each month: 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern

15th of each month: 3:00pm Pacific / 6:00pm Eastern

HRT Microgrants open quarterly. The next cycle is June 1st. 

We currently accept and process 48 Name Change Microgrant applications per month, 24 per cycle.

Name Change Microgrants cover all the required fees pertaining to court order name changes, publication fees, and document fees. They cover passports, drivers licenses, state IDs, and Tribal IDs. They do not cover birth certificates unless it restricts you from accessing documents that are covered.

32 (75%) Name Change Microgrants per month are reserved for TBIPOC (trans Black, Indigenous, people of color). Microgrants are granted on a first-come come first serve basis within this equity framework.

We provide microgrants to trans people of any age.

We trust our community’s ability to self-identify when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and ability.

In order to access the Name Change Microgrant application, visit this page when the application cycle opens next.

If you’re already on the application page, it will not automatically appear at opening time. Please refresh the page.

Applications fill up quickly (usually within one minute).

If the application is full, you’ll see the text: “We’re sorry, our Name Change Microgrants application cycle is currently full and has closed.”
If there are open slots, the application opens and asks for your name, location, documents you need updating, demographic information, and contact information.

Once you submit your application, you’re automatically a recipient, and you’re entered in our queue to receive a Microgrant.

Your application is assigned to a trans team member who will contact you to discuss:

– Which documents you would like a Microgrant for
– The fees associated with updating those documents
– Information about local requirements and resources

Lastly, we disburse your funds.

Please refer to the top of the Microgrants page for current processing time estimates.

(If you receive an error message or your application crashes, contact us.)

Microgrant recipients receive peer support on requirements and paperwork specific to your state, county, and situation.

Our team works hard to reduce processing times, since we know waiting for urgent needs is stressful. Current wait times are 3-6 weeks. Please call our Hotline if you’d like to talk to a trans peer who can support you during this time.

We disburse Name Change Microgrants in the form of personal checks by mail, or via PayPal.

We trust trans people to use your Microgrant as needed. We do not require any receipts or documentation.

We offer Microgrants to trans minors. Please complete the applications, and include your age so we can be best prepared to help you. In most states, minors are able to change their name and/or gender marker with approval from their guardian(s).

If a minor cannot get approval from a guardian (in the form of their signature and/or attending the court hearing), it still may be possible, and we can help you find legal assistance. If you have any other questions, contact [email protected]

Name Change Microgrants are available to anyone regardless of citizenship status or geographic location, but at this time we are only able to fund US documents.

When Immigration Document Microgrants are available, please see that section for more information.

Still have a question we didn’t answer? Contact us.

HRT Microgrants x FOLX Health

Folx Health is providing 100 microgrants for at least 1 year of free or reduced HRT via Trans Lifeline though their HRT Care Fund. The application opens quarterly, and the next application opening is June 1st.

Lack of access to trans health care and medical discrimination deeply impact our community, and we are honored to support 100 of our trans siblings in getting that necessary care this year.

Microgrants’ mission is to alleviate financial barriers for trans folks through economic redistribution strategies. We believe that free, trans-inclusive universal health care is necessary to close the gap of access to trans care, rather than self-pay models. When it’s not possible to change the cost of care directly, we provide resources to buffer the impact of those costs.

Our hope is that this collaboration influences how companies do business by shifting funds from for-profit corporations directly to trans people, with racial equity and mutual aid at the forefront.

Inside Advocacy: Supporting Trans Siblings Behind Bars

Inside Advocacy Alert: This program and its Commissary & Post-Release Microgrants are paused temporarily while we process a high volume of applications. Applications are not currently being accepted.

Trans Lifeline’s Inside Advocacy project provides financial aid and local resources to trans people that are currently incarcerated or have been recently released — ranging from Commissary Microgrants for hygiene products, stamps, and food, to Post-Release Microgrants for rent and other needs.

Trans people, especially Black trans people, face disproportionate rates of arrest, and often endure mistreatment, lack of access to medications or gender-appropriate facilities, and physical and sexual trauma while incarcerated. We support prison abolition and until these violent institutions are dismantled, we will continue working to uplift and empower those still inside by offering tangible support.

Inside Advocacy is created and directed by trans people who have been directly impacted by the carceral state. Our annual Holiday Commissary Campaign partners with organizations fighting injustice and advocating for our community on the inside.

Annual Holiday Commissary Campaign

$80,285 given directly to our incarcerated trans siblings

On Christmas day, several federal prisons waive the restitution & fees on commissary deposits, which allows our annual partners to directly give to folks on the inside, rather than to prisons. All funds raised by Trans Lifeline’s Holiday Commissary Campaign are directly distributed to trans people by our partner organizations.

For our 2020 fundraiser, in response to global Black uprisings, our Holiday Commissary Fundraiser included supporting Black-led organizations mobilizing bail funds for trans people. It’s our hope that this shift honors the innovative, grassroots, rapid-response organizing work happening on the ground in communities that have been on the frontlines of over-policing for generations.