Frequently Asked Questions
How does Trans Lifeline determine identities?
We trust our community’s ability to self-identify when it comes to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and ability.
If my application is selected, how long will it take to hear from someone?
Within 4 weeks.
Why wasn’t my application selected?
We receive considerably more application submissions than we are able to accept. The need is huge and we do not come close to meeting it. The lottery process (rather than first-come-first-serve) makes the process more equitable overall for folks who have inconsistent access to a computer, for example, and accessibility is a priority for us. However, it does mean that folks might apply several times in a row and still not be selected.
What if I’m under 18?
We offer microgrants to trans minors as well as trans adults.
What if I’m not in the U.S.?
Our microgrants are available to anyone regardless of citizenship status or geographic location, but at this time we are only able to fund U.S. residents.
How can I apply for an HRT Microgrant?
In 2021, Trans Lifeline partnered with FOLX Health to distribute 100 microgrants to cover one free year of HRT. These microgrants are no longer available. Learn more about FOLX Health here.
What about confidentiality and discrimination?
Microgrant applications and information are kept confidential. Staff and volunteers will not share their personal contact information with microgrant recipients.
Trans Lifeline is committed to combating racism, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, xenophobia, ableism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, classism, and other oppressive structures.
Trans Lifeline does not tolerate harassment, bigoted commentary, verbal abuse, or debates on issues affecting our communities. Any applicant abusing staff, volunteers, or the program will not receive a microgrant and will be blocked from applying for funds.
Can I read about your equity policy?
Yes! You can find our equity policy here.