FAQ

Trans Love Fund FAQ

 

  1. What is Trans Love Fund (TLF)?
    • The Trans Love Fund is a program of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, a social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and We Are Family, an organization dedicated to providing resources, support and leadership development to LGBTQ+ youth. The Trans Love Fund is dedicated to helping the transgender community of South Carolina through providing micro grants to trans-identified individuals for medical, legal, and emergency living expenses.
  2. What is the history of TLF?
    • The Trans Love Fund was founded in October of 2013, following We Are Family’s annual Spirit Day event.  Our keynote speaker for the event was Laverne Cox, and the program was dedicated entirely to trans issues and awareness. Another speaker, a young local trans girl known as Jaimie, spoke about her struggles as her insurance company had recently stopped paying for her puberty suppressants.  She was on the verge of male puberty, and this took a toll on her mental well being. After hearing this story, the Trans Love Fund sprang into existence to gather the funds necessary to pay for her puberty suppressants. Through the generosity of the Charleston community and two fundraising events, TLF raised enough money to pay for her medication for a critical 6 month period.  Shortly after, she found relief in a new insurance program that continues to pay for her puberty suppressants to this day. These days, the Trans Love Fund focuses on providing micro grants to trans identified and gender expansive individuals in South Carolina for medical, legal, and emergency expenses.
  3. Is there an age restriction to apply for TLF?
    • Applicants under the age of 18 must have parental permission.
  4. What geographic area does TLF fund?
    • TLF provides funding for individuals residing within the state of South Carolina
  5. Do you have to identify as trans to qualify for TLF?
    • Yes! Please note that any individual who identifies with a gender identity other than the one assigned to them at birth including non-binary, genderqueer, and gender expansive identified folks are eligible to apply for TLF.
  6. Is there an income requirement to qualify for TLF?
    • No! However, TLF seeks to prioritize individuals earning less than $40,000 a year and those who are uninsured, disabled, or in danger of losing vital support or safety.
  7. Can you apply for TLF if you have received funding in the past?
    • Yes! However, funding in future grant cycles is conditional on compliance with reporting requirements and demonstrated impact of funds.
  8. What kind of expenses does TLF fund?
    • TLF provides funding to transgender individuals for medical care, legal processes, and basic living needs in South Carolina.
    • Examples of funding requests include:
      1. Monthly hormone treatments or injections
      2. Electrolysis and other hair removal services
      3. Rent money or security deposit to establish housing
      4. Supplies and/or money for maintaining or gaining employment
      5. Fees incurred with the process of changing one’s legal name or gender marker
      6. Fees incurred from attending therapy sessions or psychiatrist visits
      7. Binders, compression shorts, or other transition-related resources.
  9. Are there any expenses that TLF doesn’t fund?
    • TLF DOES NOT fund credit card bills, debts outside of transition-related medical care and any expenses related to criminal charges.
    • At this time TLF is not funding transition-related surgeries.
    • The review process usually takes up to 2 months from the time of application submission, and we are not able to provide quick, emergency assistance at this time.
  10. How much money does TLF award?
    • The maximum award per person, per cycle depends on the amount of funds we are able to raise. There are no minimum awards. Grants will be disbursed based on careful review of applicant priority.
  11. When is the TLF grant application due?
    • We typically have two grant cycles per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. We have no fixed deadlines, and the timing of our cycles depends on our funding.
  12. When will I know if I have received a TLF grant?
    • You will be notified by a member of the Trans Love Fund Committee as to the status of your application. The review process usually takes up to 2 months from the time of application submission, and we are not able to provide quick, emergency assistance at this time.
  13. Will I receive TLF grant funds directly?
    • Please note that grant money will be disbursed to service providers instead of individual applicants.
  14. How can I help TLF?
    • The Trans Love Fund is funded by the Trans Justice Funding Project, the Roper St Francis Ryan White Foundation, and Alliance for Full Acceptance, a social justice organization achieving equality and acceptance for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We also rely on donations and fundraisers, and all of our money goes straight back into the trans community of South Carolina. Please donate to our cause, or contact us to see how you can get involved as a volunteer.
  15. Who can I contact if I have questions or trouble filling my application?