Gender Justice Organizing Fund Grantees

The Gender Justice Organizing Fund provides $10,000 grants to groups that use community organizing to promote gender justice at the local, state, national, or international levels. For groups applying to this fund, gender justice must be central to their vision, to their understanding of the issues they seek to address, and to their strategy for social change

2021 Grantees

ACT UP Philadelphia is a diverse, nonpartisan group of individuals united in anger to end the AIDS crisis using direct action.  

Ardella’s House provides transitional housing for women who are released from prison and advocates for the needs and rights of formerly and currently incarcerated and women. Website

Coalition for Restaurant Safety & Health is a group of hospitality & food service workers, survivors, and allies who organize to achieve safer, harassment-free work cultures within their communities. Website

Disability Pride PA works to make housing, safe transit options, and marriage federal benefits accessible to disabled people, especially disproportionately affected disabled people who are trans or non-binary. Website

PHL Pride Collective looks to create inclusive spaces for all LGBTQ+ people to fully celebrate the community while advocating for greater societal change. Website

Project SAFE is a mutual aid harm reduction organization for women, queer, and trans people involved in the street economies of Philadelphia. Their long-term vision focuses on preventing violence in multiple forms. Website

Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation is a Black-led organization that educates, elevates, and empowers LGBTQ+ communities of color to sustain healing and promote access to healthy food and safe housing. Website

Single Mothers Are Really Trying (SMART) works with women and families whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and domestic violence. Facebook

The Womanist Working Collective is a radical grassroots social action and support collective for Black folx of marginalized gender experience, specifically women (trans* and cis), femmes, and other gender expansive folx. Website

The Young Artist Program is a youth program that amplifies the voices of Black and Brown LGBTQ+ youth in Philadelphia by using art as a tool for social change. Website 

Trans Up helps promote gender justice by making sure that those who are trans or gender non-conforming receive safe support inside prison and when coming home.

we REIGN imagines and strives for a world where people who identify as Black and girl can identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination, or harm. Website

2020 Grantees

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative (BBWC) centers Black women and femmes in the fight for more worker-owned spaces, community stewardship of land, and autonomy over one’s own labor. Website 

The Coalition for Restaurant Safety and Health (CRSH) is a worker-led project aiming to end gender violence that systematically impacts women in the Philadelphia restaurant industry. Website 

Educators for Consent Culture is building a coalition of educators and community members who seek to disrupt rape culture in Philly schools through education, engagement, and organizing. Website

Galaei is a queer Latinx organization committed to the advancement of their community through leadership, economic development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing. Their Trans Equity Project is mobilizing to bring equity to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Website

The Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance (PDWA) exists to build power, recognition, and labor protections for nannies, house cleaners, and caregivers, many of whom are immigrants and women of color, starting with the 16,000 domestic workers in Philadelphia. Website

Philly Thrive is a cross-racial, cross-class community group organizing for the #RightToBreathe and environmental justice in Philadelphia at the intersection of racial and gender justice. Website

Project SAFE provides mutual-aid based harm reduction by and for women, trans, and queer people involved in the street economies of Philadelphia, particularly Kensington. Website

Qunify aims to create inclusive spaces for all LGBTQ+ people to feel safe, comfortable, and visible, and to build an action-oriented queer community throughout Philadelphia. Website

The Mazzoni Center holds space for Sisterly Love and OUR Way, two community-based groups led by and for trans women of color that are organizing to address transphobia, health care, HIV education, and more issues affecting their community. Website

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) develops affordable housing, provides supportive services, and advocates for policy change in the fight for social and economic equity for low-income women and their families. Website

We REIGN Inc. creates spaces where Black girls can develop the skills needed to become activists, advocates, organizers, and change agents in their lives and communities. Website

The Womanist Working Collective is a community of activists that centers Black women, femmes, girls, and gender non-conforming people as they work to create alternative systems to dismantle systems of oppression. Website

2019 Grantees

African Family Health Organization provides culturally and linguistically sensitive health, human, and educational services to African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees and organizes to end female genital mutilation. Website

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative works to empower Black and Brown workers organizing to resist gentrification and expand labor rights. Website

Comadre Luna Collective cultivates safe spaces of collective care among immigrant Latinx women of mixed status to empower them to make decisions about their bodies and life without fear and supports access to reproductive justice in Philadelphia. Facebook

Educators for Consent Culture is working to disrupt rape culture in Philadelphia schools through education and engagement of young people and adults to foster a culture of consent. Twitter

Girls Rock Philly is challenging patriarchy by empowering girls, trans youth, and gender-nonconforming youth by using music to promote gender justice. Website

Juntos works to improve the wellness of immigrants, people of color, and poor people by addressing domestic violence, providing resources for deportation and immigration, and organizing around immigration policy change. Website

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance is a group of women and gender-nonconforming low-wage workers, most of whom are people of color and immigrants, organizing to demand rights for domestic workers and pass the Philadelphia Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. Website

Pennsylvania Student Power Network is building a youth-driven movement working to demand transparency around violence, accommodations for survivors, and protections for trans and gender-nonconforming students in Pennsylvania.

People’s Paper Co-op, an ongoing initiative by the Village of Arts and Humanities, connects formerly incarcerated women together with artists, civil rights lawyers, and policy makers to transform the narrative of reentry and end the cash bail system. Website

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is a grassroots, community-led bail fund whose mission is to end cash bail and pretrial detention and post bail for Philadelphians who cannot afford it. Website

Philly Thrive is driving a campaign against the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in Philadelphia, which continues to pollute working-class Black communities. They are creating a women’s circle to provide healing for women in the community during their campaign. Website

Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation creates a space where LGBTQ people and people of color can talk about their experiences and work on a campaign to change language in laws governing domestic violence in Pennsylvania to include same-sex couples and gender-nonconforming people. Website

Sisterly LOVE, a program of the Mazzoni Center run for and by trans women, provides members with leadership development and skill-building training. They aim to increase the capacity of trans women to organize and advocate around issues affecting their communities. Website

The Womanist Working Collective is a collective of Black women and gender-nonconforming folks who are building participatory grassroots solutions to problems in their communities and working for social equality and environmental justice. Website

Women’s Community Revitalization Project is working to change the housing crisis experienced by working-class women and their families by building their leadership, engaging their households, and advocating for policy change. Website

Women’s Medical Fund is organizing to expand abortion access for individuals with low incomes through direct service and community organizing, working to support people who need abortions as well as lift insurance bans and eliminate barriers. Website

2018 Grantees

The African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) supports African and Caribbean immigrants and refugee women who are organizing their communities around ending female genital mutilation. Website

Black and Brown Workers Cooperative organizes Black women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming workers to fight for the economic and social liberation. Website

The Frankie Project at Why Not Prosper runs a series of workshops for formerly incarcerated transgender women that develops their leadership and teaches advocacy skills. Website

Girls Rock Philly promotes gender justice by meeting the creative, social, and emotional needs of girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth.

Her Philly Moves is a platform that promotes visibility and greater inclusion of queer and trans women of color by fostering safer spaces and shaping narratives by using art as a tool to promote social change. Website

Sisterly L.O.V.E. at the Mazzoni Center is a program led by trans women that organizes, advocates, and develops community leaders in the movement for transgender justice. Website

The People’s Paper Co-op at the Village of Arts and Humanities is a women-led, women-focused project that uses art and organizing strategies to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women’s stories, dreams, and visions for a more just society. Website

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund posts bail for residents who cannot afford to pay bail and organizes for the abolition of bail and pretrial detention in our city. Website

The Philadelphia Reproductive Health Collaborative at Women’s Medical Fund mobilizes to combat the harmful impact of crisis pregnancy centers. Website

Project SAFE ensures the health, safety, and survival of people working in Philadelphia’s sex industry by providing education, advocacy, and support. Website

The Sappho and LaRoyce Foundation elevates, educates, and empowers lesbian, queer, transgender, and bisexual women of color to heal by providing resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. Website

The Trans Equity Project at Galaei organizes and builds the leadership of trans people and creates a new vision for community health. Website 

Womanist Working Collective is a social action and support collective for Black womyn (both cis & trans), femmes, & gender non-conforming folks that is developing grassroots solutions for pervasive issues that affect their lives. Website 

Women’s Community Revitalization Project is building the leadership of low-income women in order to use their power to ensure that those running for office in the 2019 City Council and mayoral primary elections include affordable housing and development without displacement in their platforms. | Website