GENDERBANDS HAS AWARDED $61,500 IN GRANTS
As of December 2020
Requirements for 2021 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 live in Canada, the United States, or Mexico.
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. (Not applicable for HRT grant.)
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 have their surgery performed in 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.)
2021 GENDERBANDS GRANTS
You can apply for more than one grant
Applications are closed for 2021 cycle
GENDERBANDS BIPOC TOP SURGERY GRANT
OPEN TO ALL ON THE TRANS SPECTRUM • Open ONLY to people who are black, indigenous, or person or color. • Grant is for financial assistance for double mastectomy surgery OR breast augmentation surgery • Recipient may choose any US based surgeon they would like • Final amount of grant will be announced when the recipient is announced
GENDERBANDS TRANS FEMININE TOP SURGERY GRANT
• Grant is for financial assistance for Breast Augmentation surgery • Recipient may choose any US based surgeon they would like • Final amount of grant will be announced when the recipient is announced
GENDERBANDS TRANS MASCULINE TOP SURGERY GRANT
• Grant is for financial assistance for Double Mastectomy surgery • Recipient may choose any US based surgeon they would like • Final amount of grant will be announced when the recipient is announced
GENDERBANDS HRT GRANT
OPEN TO ALL ON THE TRANS SPECTRUM• Grant is for financial assistance for Hormone Therapy (doctor appointments and hormones) • Recipient may choose any US based doctor they would like (Grant only available to Untied States residents) • Final amount of grant will be announced when the recipient is announced
STILLER AESTHETICS TRANS MASCULINE TOP SURGERY GRANT
• Grant is for a Double Mastectomy surgery • Recipient will receive a fully covered surgery - a $8,000 value • Surgery will be performed by Dr. Geoffrey Stiller and will take place in Spokane, Washington • Grant recipient is responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH TOP SURGERY GRANT
• OPEN TO ALL ON THE TRANS SPECTRUM • Grant is for a double mastectomy OR breast augmentation surgery • Surgery fee for the recipient is waived. Grant recipient is responsible for anesthesia and hospital fees (approximately $3,000). • Surgery will be performed by Dr. Isak Goodwin and will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah • Grant recipient is responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements.
WHAT DO YOUR GRANTS COVER?
Currently our grants cover top surgery and HRT. In time, we will cover more surgeries and even assist with name and gender marker changes.
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.
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.
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.
ARE NON-BINARY PEOPLE ABLE TO APPLY?
Absolutely! Anyone on the transgender spectrum can apply. This includes those who are non-binary, bigender, agender, genderfluid, genderqueer, etc. Basically if you aren't cis you can apply!
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.
DO YOU COVER REVISIONS?
No Genderbands grants do not pay for revisions.
"I'M NON-BINARY AND WOULD LIKE A REDUCTION INSTEAD OF A FULL MASTECTOMY. WILL YOUR GRANTS COVER THIS?"
Yes! The Genderbands grants will cover reductions for trans people. Transitions are not one size fits all. Its about what works for you.
Please carefully read the applications for our partnership grants as they may have an exclusive for this surgery.
CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE GRANT?
Yes! You may apply to more than one grant however you may only receive one grant.