COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Marsha P. Johnson Institue’s COVID-19 Relief Fund provides one-time direct-relief in the amount of $500 to BLACK transgender or non-binary identified people. As our commitment is to always center the needs of those most beyond the margins, priority has been given to BLACK trans women and those who have experience as sex workers, have been formerly incarcerated, and other vulnerable community members. 

Our application cycle is currently closed. Please check back here or on our social media channels to learn more about the next call for applications.

To date, we have received more than 1,000 applications and have fulfilled over 500 payments. If your application is pending, please respect the fact that this is a BLACK trans led, woman founded national organization. We are one of the only organizations giving direct cash assistance and are working at our capacity to get relief out. We would love to continue to offer this program. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Approved Applications
  • Following approval, digital payment can be expected within 5-10 business days. Paper check payments will take longer to reach recipients due to US Postal Service delays happening nationwide. We apologize for any delays. This program is still working toward efficiency, and will continue to make changes to create a more smooth and concise experience for applicants.
Pending Applications
  • All received applications are in the process of being reviewed. Responses will be sent out 5-10 business days after approval. We recommend taking advantage of the PayPal payment method, as the paper checks tend to take longer to reach the recipient due to nationwide US Postal Service delays. Please ensure that your PayPal account has a checking account/debit card attached as well as a phone number for contact. PayPal accounts that are not completely set up can cause delays for your payment.
Thank you for your interest in providing financial support to BLACK trans organizations during this time. You can make a tax-deductible donation to MPJI here.
We know that this program is vital to our community members, and as of December 2020 have given out over $200,000 in support funds. We have also seen the various accusations and defamatory statements being aimed at our program. We will continue to fundraise and do this necessary work, with plans to reopen applications in Spring 2021.
Please do not reapply. Your application is in the review process. Additional applications will delay the review process for other applicants. We want to ensure that everyone who needs assistance can have their application reviewed.

© Copyright 2019 Marsha P. Johnson Institute. All rights reserved.
The Marsha P. Johnson Institute is a fiscally sponsored project of Social Good Fund, a California nonprofit corporation and registered 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID (EIN) 46-1323531.

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