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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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.

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.

Tz’Kat Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminsmo Comunitario, Territorial desde Iximulew – Guatemala

TZK’AT, Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminismo Comunitario, is an initiative initially built in October 2015 by a lesbian Kiche Maya woman and a Q’eqchi’-xinka Mayan, and was initially composed of 11 Maya and Xinka women from various indigenous territories nationwide in Guatemala.

English:

TZK’AT, Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminismo Comunitario, Territorial desde Iximulew – Guatemala, is an initiative initially built in October 2015 by a lesbian Kiche Maya woman and a Q’eqchi’-xinka Maya, and was initially composed of 11 Maya and Xinka women from various indigenous territories nationwide in Guatemala. They are women who claim their own epistemology and their bodies as pluridimensional spaces.

Español:

La Red de Sanadoras Ancestrales del Feminismo Comunitario territoriales en Guatemala, Territorial desde Iximulew – Guatemala, es una iniciativa construida inicialmente por una mujer maya Kiche lesbiana y por una maya q´eqchi´- xinka, que fue articulando a 11 mujeres mayas y xinkas de varios territorios indígenas a nivel nacional en Guatemala, y nacen como colectiva el 12 octubre del año 2015. Para diciembre 2017 son mujeres que se reivindican desde su propia epistemología, e interpretación de sus cuerpos como espacios pluridimensionales.

 

Trans Smart Trust

Trans Smart Trust is an organization focused on intersex and transgender persons.

Trans Smart Trust is an organization focused on intersex and transgender persons. It was founded in 2012 and registered as a Trust on the 16th of July 2016 after a long struggle in an environment where there is limited appreciation and acknowledgement of the existence of intersex and transgender persons. Trans Smart Trust works to promote the identification, inclusion, integration and assimilation of human rights issues affecting Intersex and transgender persons within different social groups of the larger Zimbabwean community. Through Trans Smart’s strategic focus, the organization’s participatory methodologies have become the fulcrum for integrated inventiveness in developing intersex and transgender person’s livelihoods. To date the organization is continuously working on improving Health, Human rights, Life Skills, Capacities and participation in governance processes. Trans Smart Trust manages a portfolio of projects targeting intersex and Transgender persons who constitute intersex and transgender people living with HIV and albinism within urban and rural areas. The organization’s activities bridge the knowledge gaps through information dissemination and provide capacity building for rural and urban populaces, facilitate platforms for the community and its leadership to interrogate as well as take action in promoting human rights.

The Houston Intersex Society

The Houston Intersex Society aims to empower and enrich the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and discrimination through education, outreach, and support.

The Houston Intersex Society was formed on June 27, 2012. Both co-founders knew each other as teenagers in an LGBT youth group but because of shame, stigma, and secrecy neither one was open about their intersex status. They reconnected as adults at a local community center and upon learning that they both felt the same isolation while sitting next to each other every Friday night for years as teenagers, they decided to create an organization that very day. They created the organization with the intention to be visible to other intersex people, to advocate for those intersex individuals unable to advocate for themselves, to influence legislation to protect intersex bodies, and to educate medical providers so they can provide adequate care to intersex people.

The Houston Intersex Society aims to empower and enrich the lives of intersex people while working to end shame and discrimination through education, outreach, and support.

Srishti Madurai LGBTQIA+ Student Volunteer Collective (Srishti Madurai Educational Trust)

The mission of Srishti is to create a space for gender-/ sex minorities and to provide guidance and support for these people and their families.

Srishti Madurai is a space which explores the interrelations of nature, human and society via the conscious or unconscious sediments of the members who constitute Srishti Madurai in a parallel, interdisciplinary, multiple and universal approaches. Srishti Madurai was established on 2nd September 2011 by Gopi Shankar in Madurai as The first Intersex, Genderqueer & LGBTQA+ student volunteer group designed to target specifically to the problems of queer people in non-metro cities of Tamil Nadu. Apart from creating awareness, Srishti also started to educate both the community and the public about Gender Politics and issues regarding Sex, Gender & Sexuality. It is one of the inclusive groups of its kind which has involved academicians, Independent scholars, Human rights activist, Environmentalists, Animal rights activists and genderqueer activists to protect the human rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Srishti Madurai urged Indian parliament to include intersex people in a bill protecting trans rights. Gopi Shankar also launched an official complaint to National Human Rights Commission of India to ban the forced sex-selective surgeries on intersex infants, also to ensure their fundamental constitutional rights in India for which the NHRC issued directions to the Secretary Union Health Ministry Government of India to respond Srishti Madurai within 8 weeks. Image credit: Srishti Madurai Archives