What is a Special Topic and is my submission included?

New for the 2019-2020 grant cycle, you'll be able to indicate whether your submission fits into one of a set of Special Topics. Special Topics represent areas that the Foundation is particularly interested in funding. If you meet the Special Topics requirements (below) and indicate which Special Topic applies to your submission, selecting that in the online survey will highlight your submission in our system.

If your submission doesn't meet the Special Topics requirements, just leave the Special Topics question blank. Don't worry! We will be funding all kinds of submissions, not just Special Topics.

Special Topics (2019-2020):

  • Intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence (IPV/SV): This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that provide support, resources, or community by survivors for survivors.
  • Financial accessibility: This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that target privileged folks to educate them/offer solutions for them to execute or submissions that target marginalized folks to offer them possible solutions, submitted by economically disenfranchised people.
  • Asexuality: This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that provide support, resources, or community by asexual-spectrum folks for asexual-spectrum folks; submissions that may help educate the general public about asexuality; or submissions that facilitate or showcase the self-expression of asexual people with respect to their asexualities.
  • Intersex people and their (a)sexualities: This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that may help educate the general public about intersex people and their (a)sexualities or submissions that facilitate or showcase the self-expression of intersex people with respect to their (a)sexualities.
  • Neurodiverse people and their (a)sexualities: This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that may help educate the general public about neurodiverse people and their (a)sexualities or submissions that facilitate or showcase the self-expression of neurodiverse people with respect to their (a)sexualities.
  • Religion/spirituality and sex-positivity: This includes (but is not limited to) submissions that provide support, resources, or community by sex-positive religious/spiritual people for religious/spiritual people; or submissions that help to educate the general public about sex-positivity and religious/spiritual tradition.

In order for your submission to be considered for a Special Topic, it must meet the following requirements:

  1. #ownvoices: The individual or group applying for the grant must be members of the community covered by the Special Topic. Examples:
    • An asexual person who does ongoing work educating the public on Asexuality would be a good fit for that Special Topic; a person who isn't on the asexuality spectrum would not.
    • A Jewish person whose project is about creating sex-positive spaces in Jewish communities would be a good fit for the Religion/Spirituality Special Topic; a Jewish person whose project is running an online workshop about kink would not be a fit for that Special Topic, although it would be totally fine for them to submit that project for a grant.
  2. The submission you would like us to fund is primarily about the topic. That is, if someone were to ask you what you're doing, you would say "We're doing work on [Special Topic]" or "I'm making a [comic, show, video series, workshop, whatever] about [Special Topic]." If the Special Topic isn't central to the work, the work isn't a fit for that Topic. Examples:
    • If you are proposing to write a book on non-monogamy that includes a chapter on intimate partner violence, that's not a good fit for the IPV/SV Special Topic since the book isn't entirely focusing on IPV/SV.
    • If you are proposing to write a book on IPV/SV that includes a section on IPV/SV and non-monogamy, that would work since the book as a whole is about IPV/SV.
  3. The work you would like us to fund is strongly related to sexuality or sex-positivity (see "What types of submissions are you looking for?") Special Topics are focused on supporting people with particular identities doing (a)sexuality-related projects or ongoing work based in those identities.
  4. We will ask you to choose just one Special Topic per submission. If you're debating between multiple Special Topics, please choose the one you think is most central to the submission.