US Surgery Funding Assistance Programs
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- Applicant must understand the steps that are currently required to undergo the medical process of transition, and must have completed - or have outlined plans to complete - the following steps:
- Secure a letter of support from a licensed medical or mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or therapist.
- Select a surgeon who is knowledgeable in transition-related surgeries. If applicant is chosen, the organization assumes this named surgeon is final.
- Identify who will care for and provide support post-surgery.
- If applicant has not completed all of these steps, but is planning to do so, please include your plans in your application.
- Note: If you are selected for funding, the payment will be made directly to the doctor or hospital facility. You must comply with any and all requirements according to the Standards of Care of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), as determined by your selected surgeon.
- Applicant must demonstrate a genuine need for financial assistance.
- Applicant must detail the efforts they have made to fund-raise and the amount of cost they will be able to cover on their own, if any.
All applicants will be given an application number. To request one, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This number must be included on each page of application materials to help keep track of your application.
- Cover page:
- Name (both legal and preferred, if different)
- Date of birth
- Contact information (email address and/or phone number)
- Which one surgery you are asking for assistance in funding.
- Name of surgeons you prefer, along with their contact information. An alternate surgeon must be named. If no alternate surgeon is listed, an explanation must be given.
- Personal statement
- Write a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words. Anything over 1,000 words will not be read.
- Detail the efforts you have made to raise money or save towards your surgery.
- Include in this statement the name of the person who will care for you and provide support post-surgery.
- Detail as specifically as possible how having this surgery will impact your life.
- Explain as specifically as possible what you will do to try to raise money for your surgery if you are not granted a scholarship.
- Professional letter
- Include one letter from a medical or mental health provider. Acceptable providers include MDs, DOs, Ph.Ds, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, social workers, therapists, or counselors. If you have questions about whether your provider is acceptable, email CK Life.
- This letter must state how long you have been in transition and what steps in the process you have already completed.
- Note: while CK Life understands there is no one way to transition, applicants must meet WPATH standards of care to be eligible for funding approval.
- Personal reference
- A letter from someone you know stating why they think you should be chosen for funding, in terms of what they know about your need for surgery.
- Contact information must be included so your reference can be contacted for verification or clarification.
- Letter of reference must contain a maximum of 500 words. Anything over 500 words will not be read.
- Financial statement
- State your annual income and the source of that income.
- List your annual expenses.
- List the amount you've saved toward surgery, if any, with a breakdown (for example, $500 for travel, $1,000 for surgery, etc.).
- List the amount you still need in order to afford the surgery.
- State whether or not you have insurance. If you do, name your insurance provider and explain why you are unable to use insurance for surgery.
- Applicants must identify as transgender.
- Applicants must be over the age of 18.
- Applicants must already have begun saving money for their surgery.
- Applicants must complete their surgery within 18 months of receiving the funds.
- Applicants must complete their surgery in the United States with a U.S.-based surgeon (you may live outside of the U.S. and still apply).
The Trans Love Fund is a program of We Are Family, an organization dedicated to providing resources, support and leadership development to LGBTQ+ youth. The Trans Love Fund is dedicated to helping the transgender community of South Carolina through providing microgrants to trans-identified individuals for medical, legal, and emergency living expenses.