PO Box 11713, Philadelphia, PA 19143


The Uplifting Trans Fund distributes microgrants to transgender, non-binary, and intersex-led projects that support and celebrate trans communities.


Fighting to end trans oppression and intersecting systems.


Telling trans stories through creative and artistic means.


Cultivating trans joy and celebrating trans lives as a radical act.


Supporting each other & ourselves, because our existence matters.

We provide funding for projects that fall into our key areas: Advocacy, Creativity, Joy, and Resilience. Each grant cycle also includes one additional microgrant “Priority Area” as determined by that cycle’s Grant Review committee. Grants range from $500-$3000.

All projects must be TRANS-LED.
We prioritize awarding projects led by/for BIPOC folks, disabled people, and others in community who experience multiple marginalizations.

We are particularly interested in funding projects that are not eligible for traditional funding streams. Applications can be for a brand new project or a project that you have already have in action that needs further support. You do NOT need to have nonprofit status or work for a nonprofit to apply for a UTF grant.

help uplift trans community

We invite cisgender people to donate as an act of trans solidarity.

Given the increasingly hostile climate for those of us who are trans, we need the support of cisgender people now more than ever. Your donation supports a trans-centered 501(c)3 nonprofit in redistributing funds to trans-led projects that uplift trans community. We appreciate your solidarity.

Our Story

The Uplifting Trans Fund (UFT) is an expansion of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit’s 2023 Investing in Community MicroGrants program. When co-authors Dr Eli Green and Luca Maurer along with Out for Health/PPSFL published The Teaching Transgender Toolkit in 2015, they set aside 10% of the proceeds to benefit trans communities. This resulted in $15,000 of funds that were redistributed to trans-led projects in 2023. Our inaugural round of funding received 209 applications for the Investing in Community microgrants, requesting over $590,000 in funding for a wide and amazing array of projects, causes, and creativity.

At the same time we were distributing these grants in June 2023, political attacks against trans people were really starting to hit with force. In response, our cisgender colleagues, peers, and participants were asking us what they could do to better support trans community and where they could donate. In 2024, Kelsey Van Nice & Dr. Eli Green established the Uplifting Trans Fund to carry forward the work of the Investing in Community MicroGrants program.


The Uplifting Trans Fund is supported by donations.

In addition to support from individuals like yourself,

We also receive funding from organizations including:

Our Sustaining Supporters

We are grateful to these organizations for making an ongoing commitment to financially support the Uplifting Trans Fund.

Founding Sponsors

We also appreciate the following organizations who have contributed to help get the Uplifting Trans Fund up and running!

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