For artists and educators whose work centers on human sexuality, finding financial support can be extremely difficult. The Effing Foundation runs a grant program to help meet this need.
If you're curious about the type of work we fund, check out our list of past grant recipients.
Submission deadline is Wednesday, August 15, at 11:59pm US Eastern time.
The Call for Projects is a multi-page online survey. You can view a list of all of the questions before you start answering the survey if you want.
From our Frequently Asked Questions page:
Who can apply for a grant?
Anyone is welcome to apply, regardless of identity or background. The Effing Foundation focuses on supporting #ownvoices: that is, people who are members of disadvantaged groups doing projects grounded in their experiences. In particular, we are looking to fund projects by people with one or more marginalized identities, including women (cisgender and transgender), people who are members of gender/(a)sexuality/relationship minorities, people of color, people of size, neurodiverse people, and/or people with disabilities (mental illness, chronic illness, and/or other physical disabilities). We are also interested in funding #ownvoices projects that address intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence and projects that address financial accessibility issues.
We have published a table of our grant funding demographics, which includes data from our pilot grant projects as well as some of our goals for the 2018-2019 grant funding cycle.
What types of projects are you looking for?
The Effing Foundation promotes sexuality education and artistic expression of sexuality, which can include many different types of projects. This can be an organization which does ongoing, sex-positive work, or it can be an individual or group of individuals doing a specific event or project.
You could propose to host a conference, workshop, or other type of event; write or edit a book (fiction/non-fiction/comics/poetry/collection/zine/...); put on a play or storytelling event; make a film or short video series; do a photo shoot; create a podcast or vlog; make a game (videogame/boardgame/RPG/LARP); build an art installation; or create a website; to name just a few ideas.
The exact medium you use is less important to us than that your project is 1) artistic and/or educational in some way; 2) grounded in your own identity and experiences; and 3) sex-positive (and that your sex-positivity includes being respectful of people with marginalized identities). If you aren't sure what "sex-positive" means, check out "What I Mean When I Say I'm Sex-Positive" by Cliff Pervocracy and "10 Things Sex-Positivity Is Not" by Miri Mogilevsky.
We are also more likely to fund projects that have few other options for grant funding or government support.