Monday, August 28, 2006

Grant(s) To Help Sex Workers?

I got an email from someone who was seeking help with this.  They wanted to start a tax-exempt, non-profit organization to help those in the sex industry.

My first thought was that I didn't think that there would be a grant program for this kind of thing.  But I did a little further investigation and found out that there are grant programs in place to help those that want to help sex workers.  They all have different and varied requirements.  For instance one requires that you be a member of a university and this is a research grant.  It does provide up to $10,000 in grant money and you can use part of that money for travel relating to your research.

Another grant was received to publish a publication to help better understand those that work in the sex industry.  Although the recipient of this grant was in Thailand, those in the U.S. are also eligible to apply for this grant program.

An artist (in collaboration with a non-profit organization) in California received a grant for her project which involved her using her computer to provide documentation, materials and images and stories about those that work in the sex industry.

Organizations that are "by and for" those in the sex worker industries have received small operational grant funding as well.

There are even grant programs to help provide sex workers with more education and to help strengthen their rights.

So I was wrong.  There are such grants available - both in the US and globally.  And there are many of them out there!

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