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2023 Grant Schedule
Friday, September 1 Application form available
Sunday, September 10, 3:00PM PST: Grants Instructional Session #1 https://bit.ly/43ZpOjS
Wednesday, September 13, 7:00PM PST: Grants Instructional Session #2 https://bit.ly/3s8i3Lh
Sunday, November 19, 11:59 PM PST: Applications due
Friday, December 1: Grants announced
Applications are now closed for Fall 2023.
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About the Sisters' Grants Fund
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.
2023 Saturnalia Grant Recipients
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are excited to announce a partnership with the SF Bay Chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to support TransFamilies CA! The Freedom From Religion Foundation promotes and defends the constitutional principle of separation of church and state.
TransFamilies CA supports parents and adult family members of transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive children to better support and affirm their children. Grant funds will help with materials and operations for Understanding Gender, a free, bilingual workshop for parents and adult allies held in South Santa Cruz County in conjunction with the Queer, Trans & Allied Student Summit and Glitter Kids camp.
BAAITS Drum is a community Two Spirit Drum that is active in the LGBTQ/Two Spirit/Native community. BAAITS Drum continues healing and Native Liberation for generations to come through traditional Drum and Song. Grant funds will go toward an Annual Hand Drum Contest & Potluck.
A non-profit mutual aid resource group that helps Black and POC homeless single parents. Grant money will be spent towards mutual aid helping homeless folks with daily necessities, providing tents, food, water, and clothes.
Camp Hemotion has served as the Hemo Foundation of Northern California's primary way to reach young people. Camp Hemotion provides people with the tools they need to overcome the challenges presented to them due to their illness and lead healthy, vibrant, and full lives. Grant funds will send 3 kids to a life-changing summer camp where they learn skills like how to self-administer blood products to prevent hospitalizations.
Drag Story Hour celebrates reading through the glamorous art of drag, producing joyful and culturally inclusive events where kids can express their authentic selves and become bright lights of change. DSH Bay Area’s service area ranges from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa. Grants help Storytellers with from safe no-cost transportation.
An inclusive group for rural Virginia’s LGBTQ+ community and allies. Farmville Pride creates an affirming space where people of all backgrounds feel welcome through events and outreach. This grant will fund packaging, promotion and outreach for the launch of “Euphoria’s ApparELLE,” a gender-affirming clothes swap program in memoriam of a founding member.
Girls Unite is an all-female soccer club in San Francisco that empowers girls through sports and leadership programs. Their mission is to build confidence, foster teamwork, and promote gender equality for strong, resilient, and empowered young women. Grant funds will support convention registration costs to send queer/trans staff to the United Soccer Convention January in Anaheim, California.
Provides peer support to LGBTQ+ youth, educates families, schools, and communities, and hosts the Lambda Youth Project Pride Prom on the first Saturday of June (formerly known as the Gay Prom). Grant funds will be used for Pride Prom raffle prizes, youth sponsored tickets, contests, and food.
Hotties of Harm Reduction raises money for grassroots harm reduction organizations through an annual fundraising calendar, celebrating a broad array of hot harm reductionists. They are partnering with Points of Distribution Marketplace to create sex worker safety kits for sale for harm reduction organizations at cost. Grant funds will help with printing and distribution costs to lower the total cost of the kits for broader distribution.
Funds will go to teach and provide harm reduction materials including Narcan (nlx) and fentanyl test strips to nightlife patrons. Grants will be use to purchase fentanyl test strips wholesale via DanceSafe (a 501c3) to distribute among nightlife establishments in SoMa. This is a continuation of recurring work and partnerships with SoMa bar managers and the SF LGBTQ & LEATHER District.
A SF based film production company with a mission to craft thought-provoking narrative and documentary films through the power of impactful visual storytelling with focus on LGBT and Recovery stories. Grant funds will be used to replace camera and lighting equipment stolen while on-site in Oakland.
Liminal Space SF is San Francisco's Transgender-Centering art gallery and theatre. They provide opportunities for emerging Transgender artists to exhibit and sell artwork and for the Bay Area community to experience diverse and boundary-pushing contemporary Trans art.
Logan Youth Shakespeare is a 501(c)3 non-profit that facilitates youth performing in and supporting full-length Shakespeare plays. There are no auditions; everyone gets a role. Grant funds will provide tuition scholarships for youth who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial constraints.
Love and Justice in the Streets visit encampments regularly to provide solidarity and material resources for unhoused Oakland residents as they endure illegal evictions, encampment demolitions, and the daily struggles of surviving without housing. Funds will be used for Winter Materials Distribution to provide direct material assistance to unhoused Oaklanders in the form of tents, tarps, sleeping bags and other critical survival supplies for the rainy winter season.
GSA and YASSS provide a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth to seek support, gain allies, and express themselves. Funds will be used to provide club members with Pride flags (inclusive flags including Trans, Non-Binary, etc), lashes, clack fans, makeup, face paint, and press-on nails.
Oaklash creates programs that celebrate the queer and trans community in the Bay Area. For the 2024 Oaklash Festival, the House of Rude will produce Rebirth, a celebration of the life and art of the late Phatima Rude. Grant funds will support artist travel and hospitality.
Pelvic Sanctuary creates innovative sex-positive pelvic health education programs addressing the lack of inclusion and disparity in pelvic health care, supporting the specific needs of the underserved LGBTQIA+ community. Grant fund will be used to partner with Tom of Finland Foundation to present two pelvic health workshops, each specifically designed to serve the unique needs of Gay Men and Trans Men.
QueerCare Inc. provides life-saving, free post-op care for our trans siblings—prioritizing people of color. In addition to direct services and referral, our support helps when they are alone in a new-to-them city.
A mobile soup kitchen directly serving over a dozen unhoused communities. Rogers and Rosewater Soup Kitchen brings fresh water, food, and supplies (pet food/hygiene/camp gear) to Oakland's most vulnerable.
The San Francisco Art & Film Program serves Bay Area teenagers by offering free film screenings, hands-on filmmaking workshops, and free access to arts venues including museums and performance spaces.
Grant funds will go towards a new weekly film program for students in the historically underserved neighborhoods of Excelsior, Portola, and Bayview.
SF Bay Area Leather Alliance is committed to creating a welcome and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area leather, fetish, kink, and motorcycling communities. We seek to facilitate community members in safely learning, growing, connecting, honoring, and enjoying each other. SF Bay Area Leather Alliance produces Mr. and Mx. SF Bootblack Contests, and produces Leather Alley at SF Pride.
Shimmerback Ranch is a queer holistic community land project in Willits CA. Shimmerback is dedicated to regenerative living, experiential learning, and heart-centered healing. Grant funds will be used to help furnish the communal kitchen.
The Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation are people indigenous to Mariposa County and Yosemite National Park, California. They host ceremonies and events throughout the year which allow for family and extended family to come together. The grant will go to design, create, and implement a flagpole to use for a newly designed and created Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation flag and provide for a flag raising ceremony.
Spencer Pride’s mission is to improve the quality of life for rural LGBTQ+ people in south-central Indiana through education, advocacy, addressing social inequities, and creating safe spaces within our community center. Grants will be used to complete rehabilitation work on their community center, providing a safe space for people to gather and participate in free monthly and weekly education, advocacy, and wellness programming.