Meet our first-ever Fertile Ground Fund grantees!

In 2018, we launched our Fertile Ground Fund (FGF), supporting 43 organizations in the United States and around the world, with grants totaling $212,000. Join us in celebrating the work of all our incredible grantee partners, and read more about their work.


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It is with great excitement that we announce our first Fertile Ground Fund grantee partners!

Our first Fertile Ground Fund (FGF) cycle supported 43 organizations in the United States and around the world with grants totaling $212,000. The Fertile Ground Fund is a flexible funding source that provides resources based on the shifting needs and desires of Astraea’s grantee partners, giving them the ability to be more nimble and responsive. It supports activists to seize opportunities to seed and grow movement visions, ensuring organizations can prioritize collective liberation & sustainability towards building long-term movements.

Closing civil society spaces, increased violence against organizers & human rights defenders, heightened discrimination, and police violence against LGBTQI, Black, Brown, Indigenous, migrant, and other communities across the world make this an extremely challenging political time for grassroots activists. This first round of grants were an opportunity for us to resource and bolster groups’ capacity to respond to and strategize ways to resist oppressive state policies and practices quickly, strategically, and effectively.

The grants awarded in this first cycle support resistance strategies from projects intervening on the violence of policing to deepening cross-movement collaborations, ultimately generating local, national, regional, and global opportunities that strengthen organizational and movement capacities.

Our bold, brilliant Fertile Ground Fund grantee partners are:

  • Designing forums exclusively to strengthen LBQ women and movements around the world: The first Global Feminist LBQ Women’s* Conference is being organized in South Africa in July 2019 by a collective working group of 22 LBQ women* activists from across all regions of the world. It aims to create a space for activists and advocates to come together, share knowledge, exchange strategies, strengthen connections, mobilize resources, and take the lead in building a global LBQ women*s movement with the capacity to influence the world agenda on human rights, health, development.
  • Creating spaces for activists to strategize around the lived experiences of LGBTQI people, as well as around resource development and mobilization of movements: Tajassod-Qorras, a Lebanese queer trans embodiment initiative, will be collaborating with Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)  to organize the ‘Tajassodat: Conversations to Advance Trans Rights and Justice across Muslim Societies’ convening in Nepal in May 2019, which hopes to increase resources and raise awareness around nascent trans rights and justice movements in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and South Asia & Southeast Asia (SSEA). The convening will break silos for trans Muslim activists often working in isolation, help them build formal relationships, and advance collaboration with other activists, as well as deepen critical analysis of successful approaches to advance trans justice in Muslim societies.
  • Combatting state criminalization efforts and fighting back against racist, homophobic, transphobic, nativist, and capitalist aggression from state forces: The Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance/La Alianza para Mobilizar Nuestra Resistencia (AMOR) is a rapid response network created by a coalition of People of Color-led organizations. The Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), in Rhode Island (USA), supported the founding of AMOR to respond to instances of “state hate” stemming from law enforcement and immigration. They are collaborating across Black, South Asian, Southeast Asian, undocumented, Indigenous, and refugee organizing to build up this alliance, which will provide communities with emergency legal services, culturally competent psychological services, and support for victims violence and for tracking incidents of hate crimes.

Please join us in celebrating the work of all our incredible grantee partners, and read more about their work in the links below.


Fertile Ground Fund Grantee Partners*

*Note: We do not publicize a number of our courageous grantee partners because of security threats they face in their local contexts, so organizations may be missing from this list.

#AbolishICE National Gathering of Queer and Trans Organizers
United States

Afritude
Dominican Republic

Aireana
Paraguay

Asociación Organizando Trans Diversidades (OTD)
Chile

Association Okvir
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Audre Lorde Project
United States

Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project
United States

BYP100
United States

Circuito de Innovación y Resiliencia Queer (CIRQ)
Puerto Rico

Colectiva Mujer y Salud
Dominican Republic

Colectivo No Tengo Miedo
Peru

Communities United Against Violence (CUAV)
United States

Communities United for Police Reform (CPR)
United States

Corporación Promoción de la Mujer/Taller de Comunicación Mujer
Ecuador

El/La Para Translatinas
United States

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
United States

European Lesbian* Conference
Europe – Regional

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
United States

Freedom Inc
United States

Freedom to Thrive (formerly Enlace)
United States

Fundación de Desarrollo Humano Integral CAUSANA
Ecuador

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE)
United States

Global Feminist LBQ Women’s* Conference
Netherlands

Humanity First Cameroon
Cameroon

Immigrant Youth Coalition
United States

Kohl Journal for Body and Gender Research
Lebanon

Las Nietas de Nonó
Puerto Rico

Law for Black Lives
United States

Mijente
United States

Movimiento Lesbia
Peru

Mujer y Mujer
Ecuador

Mujeres al Borde
Colombia

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)
United States

Pakasipiti Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe

Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
United States

Rainbow Identity Association
Botswana

Red Multicultural de Mujeres Trans de Guatemala (REDMMUTRANS)
Guatemala

Sayoni
Singapore

SisterReach
United States

Spark Reproductive Justice Now!
United States

Tajassod-Qorras
Lebanon

Trans and Intersex People – TIP for Human Rights In Nigeria (THRIN)
Nigeria

Trans Queer Pueblo
United States

Voice of the Voiceless (VOVO)
Zimbabwe

West Africa Trans Forum (WATF)
Liberia

WHER Initiative
Nigeria

Young Women United
United States

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Magda Rakita

Magda Rakita is a Polish intersex activist who lives in the UK. She became involved in intersex activism in the UK after publicly coming out a couple of years ago.

Magda Rakita is a Polish intersex activist who lives in the UK. She became involved in intersex activism in the UK after publicly coming out a couple of years ago. She gave numerous talks to the general public, medical students, took part in the production of videos and other materials with aim of raising awareness about intersex people. In 2018, together with her colleagues Anick Soni and Sara Gillingham, she organised the first ever intersex group in London’s Pride. Magda worked with IHRF grantee partner IntersexUK until recently. She’s been focusing on intersex activism in Poland since 2018, and working in collaboration with KPH (Kampania Przeciwko Homofobii/Campaign Against Homophobia). Magda’s mission is to facilitate change to the lives of intersex people in Poland by pursuing work in multiple avenues of raising public awareness, educating medical professionals and future doctors about intersex people’s perspective on appropriate care, create safe space for intersex persons and their families living in Poland through support groups meetings as well as empowering new intersex advocacy voices.

Women With A Vision

Women With A Vision’s mission is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and their communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their well being.

Women With A Vision’s mission is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and their communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their well being. They accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services and community based participatory research.

They envision an environment in which there is no war against women’s bodies, in which women have a space to come together and share their stories. A place in which women are empowered to make decisions concerning their own bodies and lives, where women have the necessary support to realize their hope, dreams, and full potential.

This organization is supported through the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund, which is housed at Astraea.

Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable and Empowering (TAKE)

TAKE Resource Center is the only center that is Trans focused, Trans lead, and all of the staff members are Trans women of color here in Birmingham, Alabama.

TAKE Resource Center is the only center that is Trans focused, Trans lead, and all of the staff members are Trans women of color here in Birmingham, Alabama. The organization is founded and directed by A Trans woman of color Daroniesha Duncan Boyd. The mission statement of TAKE Resource Center is working together as a community to improve the quality of life for Trans women of color by meeting needs and increasing accessibility. Our job and role at TAKE Resource Center is to assist and provide capacity building support, and to also provide support to agency partners and campaigns, while supporting and coordinating and implementation of the programs and services here at TAKE such as the HELP program which means Health, educational, Living and Prevention, and its Mission of providing Holistic Health, Knowledge, and linkage to care resources for Trans Women of Color to help meet Healthy goals.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.

Dignity and Power Now

Dignity and Power Now was created to be the principle organization for a multifaceted, trauma informed, healing, motivated movement to end state violence and mass incarceration.

Dignity and Power Now was created to be the principle organization for a multifaceted, trauma informed, healing, motivated movement to end state violence and mass incarceration. Dignity and Power Now is founded and chaired by Black Lives Matter Cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. Dignity and Power Now (DPN) is a Los Angeles based grassroots organization founded in 2012 that fights for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities. Our mission is to build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families, and communities.

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ)

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018 after realizing that there is a high level of ignorance, stigma and discrimination towards the intersex community within Zimbabwean society.

Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) was formed in October 2018 after realizing that there is a high level of ignorance, stigma and discrimination towards the intersex community within Zimbabwean society which lead to serious cases of violations of human rights of intersex people, that includes; among others, sexual abuses, killings of intersex babies and adults due to ignorance and misconceptions that surround intersex peoples’ lives. ICoZ has also seen several cases of non-consented medical interventions by the medical profession, in the name of normalizing intersex bodies, which are unnecessary and harmful since these interventions have lifelong physical problems on the lives of intersex people. ICoZ was formed in order to address the challenges that intersex people are facing in their day to day lives and to raise an awareness on the reality of the existence of intersex people especially in their communities, where intersex people come from and are raised from, since there is a high level of invisibility of the intersex community. ICoZ also advocates for equality in order to see inclusion of intersex people in all aspects of life including health and educational programming and respect of all human rights. Their mission is to advocate for equality and inclusion, especially in areas of education and health programming, and to address issues of violations of human rights which affects intersex people on a daily basis.

Intersex Justice Project (IJP)

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) seeks the end of medically invasive and unnecessary surgeries in the United States that target intersex children and adolescents by empowering intersex people of color to advance that change.

The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) was formed in 2017. IJP was formed in response to a visible lack of intersex people of color in leadership in the United States. IJP started by issuing statements on behalf of intersex people of color for Intersex Awareness Day in 2016. The following year, they decided to protest Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Their campaign against Lurie Children’s Hospital is the foundation of their work. People follow their campaign using the hashtag #endintersexsurgery. Their mission is: “The Intersex Justice Project (IJP) seeks the end of medically invasive and unnecessary surgeries in the United States that target intersex children and adolescents by empowering intersex people of color to advance that change. IJP is dedicated to the inalienable rights of intersex people of color in the United States, however, we are committed to forming alliances and coalitions with other intersex people of color both nationally and globally.”

Intersex Society of Zambia (ISSZ)

Intersex Society of Zambia exists to work and facilitate for the recognition and protection and promote access to social, legal, economic, spiritual, and political frameworks of intersex persons.

Intersex Society of Zambia was founded in 2018. For some time, issues affecting the intersex community have not been much addressed, and if they are, there isn’t much. Intersex issues have just been on paper and the needs of the intersex community are not really understood and most organisations dealing the LGBTIQ+ community assume that the needs of the intersex community are about sexual orientation, expression and gender identity. Intersex Society of Zambia exists to work and facilitate for the recognition and protection and promote access to social, legal, economic, spiritual, and political frameworks of intersex persons and to transform them into well informed, motivated and active individuals to live a fulfilling life, archiving their dreams and contributing to their communities in Zambia, regionally and globally.

Anonymous India grantee partners

Astraea currently supports many grantee partners doing crucial work to support LGBTQI communities in India. For their safety, the names of many of these organizations have been left anonymous.