Sisters Give It Away!
The Sisters tend to support under-funded, small organizations and projects providing direct services to under-served communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or mainstream funding and may be in the early stages of development.
We are especially attracted to progressive grassroots projects that promote wellness, joy, 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.
We favor projects that serve the Bay Area or particularly embattled communities in other locales around the country and the world. (IMPORTANT: Please note, while we accept applications from organizations outside the United States, we require the involvement of a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor to function as recipient of any grant funds awarded.)
We are especially thrilled to fund special projects (over general operations), to support innovators, and to provide seed money that will have a ripple effect. We welcome applications whether or not you have 501-c3 status or a fiscal sponsor.
Our grants are typically $250 to $1,000. We rarely fund groups with budgets over $500,000. Given the many applications we received, we are unlikely to fund an organization in two consecutive grant cycles.
We do not fund individual travel, research, living, medical or educational expenses or startup costs for businesses.
All grants recipients will be required to submit a brief final report with at least one photo documenting your work; these will enable us to promote your work on our community partners page.
Grant application is below. Please read the above information carefully before applying. If you need additional information please contact Mistress of Grants at firstname.lastname@example.org. This address is to be used ONLY for grant questions and applications: do NOT add to your mailing list and please do not send any additional materials -- no brochures, solicitation letters, or other documents -- or we will call for a pox on your email server. (We can actually do that).
Our 2020 Saturnalia Grant Cycle
September 1, 2020: Application form available
November 8, 2020, 11:59 PM PST: Applications due
December 1, 2020: Grants announced
Grants applications closed for 2020.
2020 Easter Grant Recipients
Living Arts Therapy, offering gentle access to arts and healing including events such as
an interactive art project relating to immigration policy and a concert and sing a long
Service that records events, promotions and interviews for over 100 Bay Area nonprofits.
Tech nonprofit providing the only digital resource platform for tens of thousands of
LGBTQ+ asylum seekers fleeing their homes.
Community safe house for Black & Indigenous Transgender & Intersex People of Color
facing chronic housing and employment inequality. Centering Deaf, Undocumented,
non-English speaking folks, 25 years of age and up.
A welcoming magical LGBTQ+ family and allies summer camp in the Sierras.
Provides info and resources, preserves Deaf LGBTQ history, advocates for
communication access, and works to support, empower, and bring more visibility to and
awareness about marginalized Deaf LGBTQ communities.
QPOC-led company producing ensemble-devised works; curates the Tiny Dance Film
Festival; hosts workshops with bold artists, centering critical inquiry, prismatic
storytelling, and change.
Facilitates educational programs nationwide featuring drag performers in libraries,
creating diverse, accessible, and safe spaces for kids to express their best selves.
Organizes live-streamed story hours on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and
Advocate to encourage and facilitate dialogue between Armenian and LGBTQ
communities to achieve marriage equality in Armenia. Grant will help produce “Voice of
Equality,” a YouTube show.
Artist specializing in social justice art. Currently creating a fingerprint painting of Harvey
Milk using thousands of activist fingerprints linked to interviews and their stories.
(Center for Immigrant Protection)
Provides accessible legal representation for LGBTQ asylum seekers fleeing persecution
due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or HIV status.
Drag and queer performance festival in Oakland, featuring over 100 performers! Core
mission of the festival is to advocate for increased investment in local queer artists.
Hosts ourtownsf.org resource website and OurTownSF LGBTQ Nonprofit Expo.
Community Organizing for Queer
Creates a safe space to talk about race and acquire tools to help organize for equity and
liberation. Participants in Undoing Racism/Community Organizing workshop analyze
structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity.
Visit Oakland encampments providing hot homemade meals to people living in the
streets. In addition to complete meals, they distribute tents, sleeping bags and pet food
Mission is to deepen cultural engagement of young people to make art, serious film,
music, theater, and dance a dynamic presence in their lives. Provides free exposure to
and discussions for hundreds of Bay Area teenagers in over 90 separate events
throughout the year.
Mission: To increase access to the human right of spiritual care. Helps neighbors whose
needs will not otherwise be met in the nighttime hours, and assists in maintaining
community at all times. Weekly Buddhist Meditation Group at Faithful Fools.
Provider of safe and supportive space on campus for Queer and Questioning college
students. They hold an annual Queer Prom as well as other events.
Establishes resources for LGBTQ+ youth-at-risk who lose financial support of their
families after coming out.
A retreat for trans/gnc folks to create a container where 100-150 diverse identities can
come together, share stories, find community, and rejuvenate.
Mail-based harm reduction service that sends packages all over the country with a
month's worth of HRT needle supplies.
Spiritual center with classes in the arts, culture, etc. Committed to breaking down
barriers of racism, homophobia and gender phobia.
Environmental, cultural group implementing indigenous stewardship practices and
traditions. Plan to hold Fourth Annual Ceremony of Two Spirit People.
Artist producing “Yanga Goddess,” a theatre/ceremony hybrid driven by community
feedback, incorporating film, music and choreopoetics in a healing space for LGBTQ+,
African diasporic and immigrant/refugee communities.