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
- 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.
- 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.