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. 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.

Easter 2020 Applications now closed.

 

Easter 2020 Grant Cycle:

February 1, 2020: Applications for the Easter Grants Cycle open (online only).

March 15, 2020: Applications for the Easter Grants Cycle due.

April 2, 2020: Easter Cycle Grants announced!

2019 Saturnalia Grant Recipients

 

  • ABO Comix: Working in solidarity with queer and transgender prisoners, raising funds for them and their families, helping them publish their creative works and gain valuable experience in the publishing industry. Grant funds will be distributed to queer and trans prisoners.

  • Companions of Dorothy the Worker: Ecumenical Christian community devoted to ethical ministry, relationship, service and witness with the LGBTQ+ community. Grant will help fund the Sacred Table ministry, a monthly dinner in a Castro neighborhood business for volunteers and community members.

  • Deborah Craig (Filmmaker): Grant will fund editing of a fundraising trailer for a feature documentary-in-progress about gay rights activist, feminist, and science fiction author Sally Gearhart. The trailer will include interviews, first person narration, and sample animations.

  • Flying Over Walls/SF Bay Area Chapter of Black & Pink: Resisting violent isolation of the prison system through advocacy, education, direct action, community building, and through a letterwriting and penpal program, which connects queer and trans prisoners to community members outside of prison.

  • Eureka Valley Foundation, dba Pink Triangle Park + Memorial: America’s first landmark to those persecuted during the Nazi Reich. Grant underwrites expanding the garden into grassy area, new signage, installing new triangle including permanent rose quartz base that can't be depleted, and a designated pet relief area.

  • Genderbands: Helping trans people pay for transition-related costs. Grant will pay for acquiring internet for their new office and underwrite its cost for a year.

  • Hip Hop For Change Inc (HH4C): Grassroots activism to educate people about socio-economic injustices, advocate solutions through hip hop culture, and raise funds for local causes to enrich marginalized, oppressed communities. Grant will pay for music equipment to professionally deliver its arts and education program.

  • LGBT National Help Center: Serving the LGBTQ community through direct phone and chat support, crisis prevention, support, affirmation and more. Grant will supply new volunteers with equipment and training, allowing the group to increase its volunteer staff.

  • Mount Eden High School: YASSS Club (Youth Aspiring to Super Star Status), a drag appreciation club at a public school in Hayward, CA. Grant is to purchase a new face painting kit for events and some professional makeup and supplies (tools/brushes/mirrors) to practice drag makeup and learn new techniques.

  • Ms San Francisco Leather Contest: Produces annual leather woman contest for the Bay Area and raises money to support small non-profit organizations. Grant will fund a developer to improve web site with better architecture, easier updates, accept donations, and streamline contestant applications.

  • Nomenus Radical Faeries at Pantheacon: During a pagan convention, Nomenus hosts a "hospitality room" that invites the wider community in for a drag ball, a BDSM play night, and a safer sex orgy. Grant will underwrite costs of a drag ball MC and enable participation of an elder of the radical faerie community.

  • Prostate Cancer Resource: Prostate cancer awareness, education, referrals and mental health crisis & suicide prevention lifeline service for individuals from under-served population diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Grant will fund materials to spread awareness and promote early detection.

  • Queer Cat Productions: Creates and produces perspective-queering experiences at the intersection of theater, games, and storytelling. Grant will help create and launch Apocalypse Catbaret, a monthly queer art showcase/party at the end of the world, February to July, 2020.

  • Rainbow Street: Network of LGBTQ human rights defenders throughout the Middle East-North Africa, providing shelter and life-saving referrals to vulnerable queer and trans folks. Grant will help map LGBTQ-friendly mental health providers offering pro bono and discounted services to the community.

  • Rainbow World Fund: Leading the LGBTQ movement to participate in humanitarian relief efforts, increase positive LGBTQ visibility, demonstrate compassion, and build bridges. Grant will pay for 40 Border Angel Project backpacks of humanitarian supplies for children at the Mexican border.

  • Reflection Press: POC, queer/trans-owned independent press publishing radical children's books and educational tools that dismantle the gender binary and provide a holistic, nature-based framework of gender for kids. Grant is to develop prototype of “The Gender Wheel” interactive, educational tool.

  • Somos Familia: Creating environments where Latina/o/x lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning people and their families are supported, nurtured, and celebrated. Grant will support Grupo Apoyo Fénix, a Spanish-language support group for and by Latinx Trans men.

  • 3Girls Theatre Company: Offers year-round script development and performance opportunities to Lesbian, Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary playwrights. Grant will help pay to hire artists and also increase accessibility to low-income communities by making tickets available on “pay-what-you-can" basis.

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