Grant Application (September 2021)

Last updated April 16, 2021.

This is not our actual application form. This is a text version of our application form, which will be hosted on Submittable. We are providing this document so that you can see what the application questions will be like ahead of time. When you start the application for real in Submittable, you will be asked to create a Submittable account if you don't already have one. Submittable will automatically save your application as you go.

Accessibility note: If you are using a screen reader, this document is also available via Google Docs.

If you've already won an Effing Foundation grant at any point in the past, this is not the application form you'll use. Please contact [email protected] to request a link to the appropriate form.

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Basic Submission Information

Your email address (required)

Your phone number (required)

Your name OR the name of your project or organization (required)
If you have a name for the project or organization you're requesting funding for, put that here. If you're asking for ongoing support of your work as an individual, or you don't have another name for your work or project, use your name.

Your pronouns (optional)
For you, the person who is submitting this application: what pronouns should we use to refer to you? For example, he, she, they, xie, none (just your name), or a combination of those.

Where are you located? (required)

  • I (or everyone leading this project or organization) is located inside the US.
  • Some of the people leading this project or organization are located inside the US, and some are outside the US.
  • I (or everyone leading this project or organization) is located outside the US. [People who respond with this option will be redirected to a message saying they are not eligible, and they can let us know if they wish to be notified in the event we are able to offer grants outside the US.]

In one sentence, what work are you asking for funding to do? (required)
This is a very brief tagline or one-sentence (no more than two sentences) description of the work you want to do. We're not looking for a mission statement, we want the concrete work you are applying for funding for. [50 word limit]

What kind of work are you asking for funding for? (required)
We can't list every single possible project type, but please try to choose the one that you think best fits the majority of your work. If you're creating an anthology, choose the type of project that will be included. [Choose 1 from list]

  • Talk, workshop, or live event (like a stage show or conference)
  • Writing or drawing (book, comic, zine, essay, poetry)
  • Art performance or installation
  • Podcast, vlog, or video series
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Game (role-playing game, boardgame, videogame, ...)
  • Community support or mutual aid
  • Reference material, research, or report

Why are you or your group/organization well-suited to do this work? (required)
What unique perspectives, experiences, and/or skills do you bring to this work? No more than 1-2 sentences, please. [100 word limit]

What impact do you hope to make with this work? (required)
If the project is funded and successful, what is the result? No more than 1-2 sentences, please. [100 word limit]

Who are you hoping to reach with this work? (required)
Who is your target audience for this work? No more than 1-2 sentences, please. [100 word limit]

Describe the work you plan to do in more detail. (required)
This is the main description of the work you want us to fund. Your description should make it clear to us how your work is educational and/or artistic and the ways in which it incorporates or promotes sex-positivity. Assume that we don't know anything about your work and won't have access to your website, social media, or any other materials. No more than 1-2 paragraphs, please. [500 word limit]


Do you already have a grant application that you've submitted somewhere else for a grant? (required)
If you have already written a grant application for another organization, we're happy to accept it! If your application doesn't cover all of the areas we ask about, you'll have the option to fill out any sections that are missing.

  • No
  • Yes (will upload in next step)

 

If Yes: Please upload your previous grant application here.
If you have any additional documents you would like to show us (such as examples of past work), you'll have an opportunity to upload those later.

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Goals

Below, please include a SMART Goal for your work. A SMART Goal is a goal which is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (that is, your goal should be all 5 of those things). For more information on SMART Goals, please click here for an example of SMART goal setting (or do a web search for "SMART Goals"). Your SMART Goal should be one sentence.

SMART Goal (required)
If you have submitted a grant application you used somewhere else and you already listed a Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound goal in that application, write N/A (for Not Applicable). [50 word limit]

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Previous Work And Funding

If you (or your team or organization) has previous work related to sexuality or sex-positivity, great! Tell us about it here. If not, that's fine -- previous work in sex-positivity isn't a requirement to receive a grant. In that case, tell us about your previous work that is most related to what you are seeking funding for (for instance, something that shows off skills you will be using for the work you're requesting funding for.) (required)

Assume that we don't know anything about your work and won't have access to your website, social media, or any other materials. No more than 1-2 paragraphs, please.

If you have submitted a grant application you used somewhere else and you already listed previous work in that application, write N/A (for Not Applicable).  [500 word limit]

How have you funded your work in the past? (required)
Have you used Patreon, Kickstarter/IndieGoGo, and/or other crowdfunding campaigns? Have you received grants, sponsorships, or donations? Have you supported your work through sales of tickets, books, etc? Have you (and/or your collaborators) worked for free and/or paid expenses out of your own pockets? No more than 1 paragraph, please. If you have submitted a grant application you used somewhere else and you already listed previous funding sources in that application, write N/A (for Not Applicable). [250 word limit]

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Budget

How will you provide us with a budget for this work? (required)

  • I uploaded a grant application that includes a budget.
  • I need to provide a budget separately.

Please provide a budget for this work. (required)

  • I've already created a budget that I can upload
  • I don't have a budget and need to get a template to fill out and upload

You've told us that you already have a budget that you can submit. Please upload it here.
If you have an existing organization with an annual budget, please submit that budget here. Otherwise, please submit a budget for $5,000.
If the budget that you upload doesn't look correct when you preview it, please upload a PDF version of it instead. Unfortunately, Submittable can't accept the ODS file type; please use PDF, XLSX, or XLS instead.

You've told us you need a budget template.

No problem! A blank budget template is available. You can see examples of the budget template filled out for some made-up grant submissions. Please be as honest as you can about the amount of money you actually need to get the work done -- we want your work to happen, and shortchanging yourself or your collaborators won't help.

If you have an existing organization with an annual budget, please enter that budget. Otherwise, please submit a budget for $5,000.

You can either use Google Sheets to fill out a copy online, or you can download the template and edit it on a computer using Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice (free, Windows/Mac OS X/Linux, download). If the budget that you upload doesn't look correct when you preview it, please upload a PDF version of it instead. Unfortunately, Submittable can't accept the ODS file type; please use PDF, XLSX, or XLS instead.

Once you've used the template to create your budget, please upload it here.
If the budget that you upload doesn't look correct when you preview it, please upload a PDF version of it instead. Unfortunately, Submittable can't accept the ODS file type; please use PDF, XLSX, or XLS instead.

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Inclusivity Plan

How will you/your teams or organization, your collaborators, and the work you are proposing promote inclusivity? For example, your inclusivity plan might include how you will make physical or virtual events accessible to people with physical disabilities; how you will be using inclusive and/or gender-neutral language; or otherwise how you will make your work accessible to and/or inclusive of marginalized people who may not share your identities.

If your work is only intended for specific audiences or populations, please include that information. (For example, is your work directed at a specific group, such as sex workers or POC?) 

My inclusivity plan (required)
No more than 1 paragraph, please. If you have submitted a grant application you used somewhere else and you already addressed inclusivity in that application, write N/A (for Not Applicable). [250 word limit]

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Risks & Challenges

Describe the most significant risks or challenges that you face in the execution of this project and any strategies you have already used or plan to use to deal with those risks/challenges. (required)
No more than 1 paragraph, please. If you have submitted a grant application you used somewhere else and you already discussed risks and challenges in that application, write N/A (for Not Applicable). [250 word limit]

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COVID-19 Mitigation

For the work you're applying for funding for: What precautions do you plan to take to mitigate the risk to you and your audience (if applicable)? Have you budgeted accordingly?
Issues you might address include any backup plans you have for physical events; how you plan to mitigate risk if you're producing an event in a hotel, store, or other enclosed space; your requirements for physical distancing, personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, etc.; and your additional volunteer staff needed to manage physical distancing or enforce other mitigation measures.
No more than 1 paragraph, please. If this work is completely online and there are no risks from COVID, please write N/A (for Not Applicable). [250 word limit]

If you have been carrying out any previous work described above since March 2020, what precautions did you take to the risk to you and your audience (if applicable)?
Precautions you might have taken include how you moved from physical to online; how you mitigated risk if you produced an event in a hotel, store, or other enclosed space; what were your requirements for physical distancing, personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, etc.; and any additional volunteer staff you needed to enforce these requirements.
If your previous work was completely online or cancelled and there was no risk from COVID, please write N/A (for Not Applicable). [250 word limit]

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Demographic Information

For the next few questions, we're going to ask about how you describe yourself or your group/organization.

We ask these questions about your identities because we make funding decisions in part based on our Foundation's demographic goals (https://www.effing.org/demographics). Your identities might or might not be the focus of the work you're seeking support for; either way is fine.

Are you applying on behalf of: (required)
If there is no one else who will be putting as much time and energy into the work as you, please choose the first option. Otherwise, if you're applying as part of a team, group, or organization, please choose the second option.

If you responded "Yourself, as an individual":

For the next few questions, we're going to ask about how you describe yourself.

We ask these questions about your identities because we make funding decisions in part based on our Foundation's demographic goals (https://www.effing.org/demographics).

Which of the following applies to you? (required)
We apologize that we aren't able to provide multiple-choice selections here; we're limited by how Submittable will let us process applications. Please choose as best you can, and you can tell us anything else about your identity that you'd like us to know, in your own words, a few questions later.

  • I am a person of color and identify as Black.
  • I am a person of color and identify as Indigenous or Native American.
  • I am a person of color, but I don't identify as Black, Indigenous, or Native American.
  • I am bi- or multiracial.
  • I am white.

Which of the following applies to you? (required)

  • I am a transgender and/or non-binary person (including, but not limited to, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and/or Two-Spirit people)
  • I am neither transgender nor a non-binary person (including, but not limited to, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and/or Two-Spirit people)

Other marginalizations: Please select all that apply. (optional)

I am…

  • A queer person (anyone not heterosexual, including people who are asexual and/or aromantic)
  • A person of size (identifies as fat, BBW, etc.)
  • A person who has a mental illness
  • A person who has a chronic illness
  • A person who has some other physical disability
  • A person who is neurodiverse
  • A person who is intersex
  • A person who is currently or has previously been a sex worker
  • A person who is currently or has previously been incarcerated

Are there any other identities you'd like to tell us about? (optional)
We're trying to make sure we fund people with a variety of identities, and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to describe your identities in your own words. [100 word limit]

What city and state are you located in? (required)
We ask about your location because we try to support projects from many different parts of the US.

[Skip to next section, Previous Grant Experience.]

If you responded "A group, team or organization of which you are a member":

For the next few questions, we're going to ask about how to describe the people who run your group or organization, including you.

When we say "people who run your group or organization," we are interested in the people who have leadership or driving roles. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding groups and organizations where marginalized people lead the creative process and/or the decision making process. (See https://www.effing.org/the_people_who_run_your_group_or_organization for more information.)

We ask these questions about your identities because we make funding decisions in part based on our Foundation's demographic goals (https://www.effing.org/demographics).

Which of the following applies to the people who run your group or organization, including you? (required)
We apologize that we aren't able to provide multiple-choice selections here; we're limited by how Submittable will let us process applications. Please choose as best you can, and you can tell us anything else about your group that you'd like us to know, in your own words, a few questions later.

  • All of us are people of color (POC) and all identify as Black.
  • All of us are POC and all identify as Indigenous/Native American.
  • All of us are POC, but none of us identify as Black nor Indigenous/Native American.
  • All of us are POC but we don't fit into the first three categories (our group includes at least one Black person and/or at least one Indigenous/Native American person).
  • Some of us are people of color, and some of us are white.
  • All of us are white.

Which of the following applies to the people who run your group or organization, including you? (required)

  • All of us are transgender and/or non-binary people (including, but not limited to, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and/or Two-Spirit people)
  • At least one person is a transgender and/or non-binary person (including, but not limited to, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and/or Two-Spirit people)
  • None of us are transgender and/or non-binary people (including, but not limited to, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and/or Two-Spirit people)

Other marginalizations: Please select all that apply. (optional)

At least one of the people who runs our group or organization is…

  • A queer person (anyone not heterosexual, including people who are asexual and/or aromantic)
  • A person of size (identifies as fat, BBW, etc.)
  • A person who has a mental illness
  • A person who has a chronic illness
  • A person who has some other physical disability
  • A person who is neurodiverse
  • A person who is intersex
  • A person who is currently or has previously been a sex worker
  • A person who is currently or has previously been incarcerated

Are there any other identities you'd like to tell us about for the people who run your group or organization? (optional)
We're trying to make sure we fund people with a variety of identities, and we want to make sure you have the opportunity to describe your group's identities in your own words. [100 word limit]

What city and state is your group located in? List as many as you need to. (required)
We ask about your location because we try to support projects from many different parts of the US.

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Previous Grant Experience

Did you or your group/organization apply for an Effing Foundation grant last cycle (fall 2019)? (required)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

Is this the first time that you or your group/organization has ever submitted a grant application? (required)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

Have you or your group/organization ever received a grant before (not counting the Effing Foundation)? (required)

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

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Additional Materials

Your or your group/organization's website (optional)
If you don't have a website or other social media site, you can skip this question.

Additional website or social media site (optional)

Additional website or social media site (optional)

If you have any additional files you would like to show us (such as examples of past work), please upload up to 3 files here. (optional)

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Conflicts Of Interest

Conflicts of Interest: If you have a relationship with any of the following people who work with the Effing Foundation, please describe it here. (optional)

  • Staff: Li, Kit Stubbs, Ph.D.
  • Advisory CouncIl: Dirty Lola, J Mase III, Taylor J Mase, Wendy Phillips 
  • Board of Directors: Leslie Foster, Michael Handler, Carlton Perry, Julia Tuttle

You don't need to tell us if you have relationships with our current or previous grantees or with members of The HEAL Project.

We're asking this to see if there might be potential conflicts of interest (see What is a conflict of interest?).

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How You Found Out About Us

How did you find out about the Effing Foundation grant program? (optional)

  • Applied for a grant a previous year
  • Found out about it directly from someone affiliated with the Foundation (Kit, other staff, Advisor, Board member, previous grant recipient)
  • Received an email from the Effing Foundation
  • Saw it on social media
  • Word of mouth, a friend not affiliated with the Foundation told me about it
  • Web search
  • Other 

(If "Other")
What other way did you find out about the Effing Foundation grant program? (required if you answered "Other")

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