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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

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Sister Grants
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Since our founding in 1979, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have raised and distributed over one million dollars to non-profit organizations that serve needy communities. Each year, we raise thousands more. The next time you see a Sister with a collection bucket, drop a couple of bucks in, because the money goes right back to the community.

Historically, The Sisters have given grants to under-funded, smaller organizations and projects providing direct services to our communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or main-stream funding and may be in the early stages of development. Our grants are typically $250 to $1,000.

We are especially attracted to progressive projects that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity within our communities. We have a vision that encompasses diverse communities and groups that have a common interest in human rights, people of every gender, gender identity, race, class, age and sexual orientation.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have two annual distribution cycles for our Grants: Easter (February/March) and Saturnalia (August/September). We accept grant proposals throughout the year.

2016 Grants Schedule:

2016 Spring Cycle:
Grant Proposals Due: February 25th
Announcement Date March 5th
Dispersal Date: March 9th

2016 Fall Cycle:
Grant Proposals Due: August 15th
Announcement Date September 9th
Dispersal Date: September 15th

The spring grant cycle has closed. This was our first cycle of online grant submissions. It's a simple and easy form to complete, which allowed for the smallest of organizations to apply for and receive much­needed funding in amounts from $250 to $1000. We are especially delighted to provide grassroots applicants, who may not meet the criteria of the larger, endowed grant providers, with support. The Sisters are giving it away: over $15,000 to twenty applicants. The average grant is $750. Read a few of their stories:

Dreamcatcher Youth Services, Oakland, Grant Received $750.
LBGTQ and Trans homeless youth represent almost 40% of homeless youth on the streets. In addition they are over­represented as victims of sexual exploitation, which is at epidemic proportions. The Sisters gave Dreamcatcher funds to provide incentives and support for their once- a­month LBGTQ and Trans­only social night. "We have found that specialized time provides an opportunity for frank questioning and open conversation around identity, exploitation, healthy relationships, safer sex, self esteem, as well as a social time to form bonds and create community, both critical to the youth's outcomes. We have worked with exploited youth for many years now and the number coming to the shelter and support center has tripled in the last year. Among those are many trans youth who are deeply deeply fragile and exploited at record percentages. We need to create the safest possible avenues to build connection with these youth. It is from the reflections of the youth themselves that we have confirmed the desire and need for the space we seek to create through this monthly evening."

Marty's Place Affordable Housing Corporation, San Francisco, Grant Received $1000.
Marty's Place provides housing for low­income people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. This Sisters grant will enable them to purchase a large refrigerator to be used by six residents. "The current refrigerator is 18.2 cubic feet and insufficient for food storage. Food storage and nutrition are essential for everyone, particularly for people with compromised immune systems. The impact of the grant will help our residents be able to store fresh foods and prepare nutritious meals."

No One Turned Away For Lack Of Funds Collective, Oakland, Grant received $500.
The Sisters provided funds to make NOTAFLOF's important work more sustainable. "We are a collective of queer and trans*­identified people offering hair and healing services, workshops, art events, community dinners, etc, with no one turned away for lack of funds, serving the queer, trans*, POC and allied community of the East Bay particularly low income."

Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Oakland, Grant Received $1000.
The Sisters grant will enable trans writers to hold their meetings in a semi­public, wheelchair- accessible space, and will make it possible for them to publish the first run of their literary magazine. "We are a diverse, tight­knit collective of trans writers collaboratively working to expand and develop our individual practices, and trans literature as a genre, through workshops, readings, outreach, and publications. The first run of our literary magazine will jumpstart our sustainable funding model, while compensating our contributors for their art."

Grant recipients for spring 2016. Congratulations!

Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center

San Francisco Trans March

Whole Human Project

San Diego Trans* Pride

Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop (BATWW)

GLBT Historical Society

The Dyke March

Richmond Rainbow Pride

Berkeley Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution

Queer LifeSpace

Marty's Place Affordable Housing Corporation

QTY Treehouse (housed by Health Initiatives for Youth)

Dreamcatcher Youth Services

Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOPUSA)

Peddled Bodies

Momma's Boyz presents KINGDOM!

Stonewall Youth


NOTAFLOF Collective

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Please help The Sisters to do this good work by clicking the donation button below. If you decide to donate you'll receive a Reiki­style transmission of an Indulgence ­­ or, as we call it, “A get out of sin card.” The transmission is very subtle so you may not notice anything at all, but rest assured that for the next 24 hours your sins are pre­forgiven.

Grant proposal deadlines and grant dispersal dates subject to change.

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