Rapid Response Fund

for Black & Brown

TGNC Communities

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TSC and Destination Tomorrow are very appreciative of our generous donors who have made this fund possible:

AIDS United, Gilead Sciences, the Levi Strauss Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare.


Each of these grant makers have joined the fund in recognition of the urgent need to resource

Black & Brown TGNC communities.

Alianza Translatinx - California

Arianna's Center - Florida

Baltimore Safe Haven - Maryland

Brave Space Alliance - Illinois

Casa Ruby - D.C

El/La Para Translatinas - California

For The Gworls - New York

LGBT Center Intercultural Collective Inc. - New York
Love Me Unlimited 4 life - Mississippi
Nationz Foundation Inc. - Virginia
Power Safe Place Resource Center of Virginia - Virginia
Southeastern Transgender Resource Center - Virginia
TAKE Resource Center - Alabama
The I Am Human Foundation - Georgia

The Mahogany Project - Texas
The TransLatin@ Coalition - California
Transinclusive Group, Inc. - Florida
Translife Line - California
TransSOCIAL, Inc - Florida
Ubuntu Incorporated - Georgia
Unique Woman's Coalition - California

About the Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented catastrophic consequences for our community, which already faces numerous barriers to safety and well-being. TSC and DT participated  in a national effort to mobilize urgent rapid response grantmaking to reach the most vulnerable members of the Black and Brown TGNC community, who are disproportionately affected. There is a dire urgency to support TGNC-led organizations, whose infrastructure and sustainability are at stake, at a time when their services and support are needed more than ever. Even with recent progress in funding for trans communities, our TGNC-led organizations are still building infrastructure, with the assistance of TSC/DT and their partners. The COVID-19 pandemic—and the disruption of life as we know it—is poised to have a devastating impact on these organizations and the communities we all serve.

The HIV COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Black & Brown TGNC Communities provided  general operating support grants to organizations in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants were from $5,000 up to $25,000. With these funds, grantee organizations may also provide direct resources to Black and Brown TGNC individuals facing catastrophic circumstances.


Organizations met  the following eligibility requirements:

1. Be TGNC-led* with over 80% of the people served by the organization being Black or Brown communities.

 2. Have a 501(c)3 tax designation or have a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)3 tax designation

3. Have a component of your organizational work that meaningfully addresses HIV among Black and Brown TGNC communities

*We adhere to the Trans Justice Funding Project definition of TGNC-led: the majority of people in charge of the organization identify as trans or gender non-conforming. Non-trans led organizations with a trans focused project are not eligible for this funding.


Grant applications were reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants  selected for funding were contacted  with a grant agreement for signature and a banking form to complete so that  funds could be sent in the quickest possible manner. We will also request a brief final report on the rapid response grant  after funds are expended.

Use of Funds

These grant funds were distributed to grantees in the form of general operating support. General operating support grant funds may be used for any activities or expenses, so as long as the expenditures are for charitable purposes, do not violate any laws or IRS guidelines, and do not jeopardize the nonprofit status of the organization, they are in compliance with your grant agreement

Submission Process

Grant applications were received by written submission or video

Grant Amounts

Grants amounts will be in the range of $5,000 - $25,000.

"Whenever a negative has come up in my life, which affects swaths of our US population, brown and specifically Black people come up with the short end of the stick. Be it incarceration, homelessness, diabetes, HIV, unemployment, low-income, poverty, and now COVID 19, it all has consistently hit us the hardest. Coronavirus is a global event which knows no color, orientation, gender, or economic status; and has shown light on the disparities Black and brown people face through our societal structure. Coupled with heightened awareness due to recent events, where communities are beyond ‘fed up’, we come at a time where change is not just needed, but imperative."

"COVID-19 exposed what many working at nonprofits that engage Black transgender folx have been saying for years, there’s a disparity that exist within systems of safety.  Issues around housing, food insecurity, employment and health care have plagued Black trans people forever.  With COVID-19 impacting this community with the highest rates of infection, it is imperative to establish collaborative efforts that are rooted in community."

Sean Coleman

Executive Director, Destination Tomorrow

Aryah Lester

Deputy Director, Transgender Strategy Center