**WE OFFER GRANTS FOR ALL TRANS PEOPLE**
Applications are open every year November 1 to December 31.
Applications for the 2020 grant cycle are now closed. Grant recipients will be selected early 2020. Please watch your email.
WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS OPEN?
Applications are open every year November 1st to December 31st.
WHEN ARE GRANTS AWARDED?
Grants are awarded early in the year, usually January or February.
For example, if you apply for a grant in December 2019, that grant will be awarded early 2020.
WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF I DO NOT GET A GRANT?
Due to the amount of applications received, we can not notify every applicant. Only those who are receiving a grant or about who's application we have questions, will be emailed.
WHO CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT?
You can apply for a grant if you:
Identify somewhere on the transgender spectrum
Live in Canada, the United States, or Mexico
Will be 18 by the time of surgery
Additional requirements are listed below. These have changed every year based on the needs we see so please check back every year prior to applying. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in being disqualified for a grant.
HOW ARE GRANT RECIPIENTS PICKED?
Grant recipients are picked by random selection. People are selected at random to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity at receiving a grant.
CAN I APPLY IF I NEED HELP PAYING FOR A SURGERY I ALREADY HAD?
No. Genderbands grants do not reimburse for past surgeries.
WHY DO I HAVE TO HAVE $1,000 SAVED TO APPLY?
We want to make sure that the person receiving the grant can actually use the grant. Even if an applicant receives a grant in which the surgery fee has been waved there is still often hospital fees, anesthesia fees, travel costs, and the need to pay bills while taking time off work to recover, among other often forgotten surgery related costs. While we know $1,000 won’t cover all that, it’s a start. We want to make sure that the person receiving the grant can actually use the grant.
Requirements for 2020 Grant Cycle
Applicants must identify along the trans spectrum, and not as cisgender.
Applicants must be 18 years of age, or older, by the date services are received.
Applicants must have at least $1,000 saved for transition expenses at the time of application. (Genderbands will cover only a portion of the cost. You will be responsible for raising the rest of your expenses prior.)
Applicants must have an active plan to continue raising funds, unless this grant reaches or exceeds your needed costs.
Applicants must show a need for financial assistance for medical transition.
Awarded applicants must complete their surgery within the same calendar year of being awarded a surgery grant. (Failing to do so will result in the loss of grant.)
Awarded applicants must have their surgery performed within the United States. (Applicants may live outside of the U.S. and still apply.)
Awarded applicants must utilize their grant within the same calendar year of it being awarded. (Failing to do so will result in the loss of grant.)