Intersex Human Rights Fund

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people.

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Astraea launched the Intersex Human Rights Fund in 2015 to honor the resilience, creativity and growth of intersex activism and to ensure the human rights of intersex people.

We recognize that the entrenched practice of organizing the world into the sex binary and gender binary has alarming and rights-violating consequences for intersex bodies. People with intersex variations face invisibility, stigma, discrimination and violence. Intersex babies, children and teenagers are widely subjected to normalizing, non-consensual, harmful surgeries and other medical interventions, with life-long consequences, including but not limited to sterilization and genital mutilation. There are very few legal frameworks to protect intersex people from multiple forms of discrimination and institutional violence. While intersex activism has been growing around the world, intersex issues and communities remain starkly under-funded, receiving less than a fraction of 1% of global foundation funding for LGBTQI people and/or women and girls.

The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. Given the dearth of funding to intersex issues globally, intersex groups/projects based anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

Astraea particularly seeks proposals from intersex activists who have never applied for a grant or received foundation funding. Groups with small or no budgets, staff or structures are eligible and encouraged to apply.

We accept proposals in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Russian. We make grants with the support of our Intersex Fund Advisory Board, a body of six intersex activists covering all regions of the world who inform our grantmaking strategies and decisions.

How to Apply:

We are proud to announce a new call for proposals for the fifth cycle of our Intersex Human Rights Fund. The Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and timely campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people. Given the dearth of funding to intersex issues globally, intersex groups/projects based anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

Online Application Instructions:

One-time Application Link: Please follow the following URL to access our system ONLY for the first time and to create an account: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5722?SA=SNA&FID=35011

  • If possible, create your online account using a generic organizational email address; this will allow others in your organization to access it, if necessary.
  • Next, open up the IHRF Renewal Application (the link located on the bottom of the page) and begin answering questions.
  • This application does not need to be completed in one visit, you may “Save & Finish” at a later time.
  • To return to your unfinished application, please use Astraea’s Organizational URL, https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5722?SA=AM, from then on.
  • This link will allow you to log back in and see your pending and submitted applications.
  • Clicking on the 1-time application link above will create NEW applications, so please don’t do so.

We have recorded a tutorial in English on how to use our new online application system. Please stream it (it’s about 12 minutes) here or download the tutorial here for tips on how to navigate the system. We will add a Spanish-language version soon. 

Proposal Deadline: March 8th, 2019

If you have questions about how to complete the application, please reach out to Astraea staff at IntersexFund@astraeafoundation.org. You may submit proposals in English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin or Russian.

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