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Electrolysis Support Fund

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About the program

Point of Pride’s Electrolysis Support Fund provides financial assistance towards permanent hair removal services (including electrolysis and laser hair removal) for trans femme folks who cannot otherwise afford them.

Requirements

We have very few requirements in an effort to be as inclusive as possible:

  • You must identify as transgender and on the feminine spectrum (this program supports AMAB trans people including MTF, trans femme, and non-binary identities.)
  • You are seeking hair removal on your face, neck, or on an area of your body in preparation for bottom surgery.
  • You have financial need that prevents you from affording hair removal services.
  • You are 18 years old or older, or have consent from your parents and/or hair removal providers.
  • You live in the United States.

2018 recipient Rose following an electrolysis treatment

2018 recipient Rose following an electrolysis treatment

Self-assessment

This program is intended to help trans folks who otherwise can not afford hair removal. We ask that you consider your access to healthcare before applying for this grant. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Are you able to pay for hair removal services out of pocket?
  • Are you employed and able to save some money towards hair removal services?
  • Are you a citizen or documented immigrant?
  • Do you identify as white, or do you experience white/light-skinned privilege?

If you answered YES to these questions, you may consider making space for our trans siblings who mostly answered NO. (Even if you answer YES to most or all of these questions, you are still eligible to apply.)

Application process

Applications are accepted during the following times:

  • Winter: January 1 – February 28 (11:59pm EST)
  • Spring: April 1 – May 31 (11:59pm EST)

Applications are only considered during the time you apply, and are not rolled over to our next period. Therefore, you are welcome to submit an application once each application period. All applications must be submitted online.

  1. Carefully read this page, especially our Frequently Asked Questions section.
  2. Submit your application via the Google form.

What to expect

Once the application period ends, our Board of Directors and team of Community Grantmaking Fellows (trained volunteers) evaluate each and every application received. This process is necessarily difficult and time-intensive, so thank you for your patience!

  • If you are selected as a finalist, or if our reviewers determine they need additional information, you will be contacted via email 4-12 weeks following the application deadline.
  • If you are selected as a recipient, you will be contacted via email 4-12 weeks following the application deadline. Grants are $1,000 per recipient, and will be paid directly to your electrologist or laser hair removal provider. The full details of your award will be explained in your recipient agreement.
  • If you are not selected as a finalist or recipient, we will notify you via email, and you are welcome to apply again for our next application cycle. (Your application is not stored and will not roll over. Review our Privacy Policy.)

For even more detail, this resource serves to provide complete context and clarity around our financial assistance programs, and why we have certain requirements or parameters in place.

Notes

  • Privacy and safety: We know many applicants feel vulnerable in sharing their experiences, and we take this very seriously. Anything you share with us in your written responses will be kept strictly confidential and private. Recipients will have the opportunity to publicly share their stories in the way that feels safest and most affirming for them, as well as hide identifying information if preferred.
  • Language: Our application is not an English test. We will not consider grammar/spelling or writing ability when reviewing your responses. Above all, please give us detailed, thorough responses so we understand your unique situation. We hope to provide full translation support in the future.
  • Equity: Our organization prioritizes equity as one of our guiding principles. Your application will be assessed on the responses you provide and in accordance with this guiding principle. Point of Pride does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, or any other identity.

FAQ

"Can I apply if I'm not 18 years old?"
Yes, but only if you have consent from your guardian(s) and a chosen electrologist. Please note that you have consent in the written responses of your application. If you are selected as a finalist, we will contact you to request signed documentation from your guardian(s) and electrologist.
"Can I apply if I've already had, or am currently having, hair removal sessions?"
Yes. Please note this information in your application.
"Can I apply if I'm seeking hair removal on an area other than my face, neck, or in preparation for surgery?"
Unfortunately, no. This program only covers support for hair removal services on the face and neck, or areas in preparation for a gender-affirming surgery (often bottom surgery.)
"Can I apply if I'm a trans masculine person?"
Unfortunately, no. At this time, our program only accepts applications from trans people assigned male at birth, including MTF, trans femme, non-binary, and other non-cis identities.
"When will I receive a response about my application?"
You will receive an email from an "@pointofpride.org" account about 2 months from when the application cycle ends. (Please check your spam folder and the quota limit on your inbox to make sure it hasn’t been filtered or bounced back. You may need to search for email accounts that end in “@pointofpride.org” or update your settings to allow emails from “@pointofpride.org” accounts.)
"When are recipients selected?"
Typically, recipients are selected and announced about 3-4 months from when the application cycle ends. We are a volunteer-operated non-profit, so sometimes it can take longer as we process the high volume of applications. We appreciate your patience!
"I have questions about hair removal. Where can I learn more?"
For general information about the process of electrolysis and other permanent hair removal options, we recommend this article: FAQs About Permanent Hair Removal
"I've missed the application window deadline. Can I submit a late application?"
Unfortunately, no. Please apply during our next application cycle.
"Can I apply this cycle if I have applied in the past?"
Yes, you are welcome to submit an application every cycle.
"Can I submit an application on behalf of someone else?"

We recognize there may be barriers that prevent someone from submitting an application on their own without help. You may submit an application on behalf of someone else only if you are working directly with the applicant and clearly reference their involvement in completing the application. (For example, if you are providing technological support, language translation, or other assistance on behalf of the applicant, please note your role and that the applicant is still the primary author of their responses.) However, you may not submit an application without the applicant's involvement. (For example, applying for a loved one without their knowledge.) While we understand the desire to surprise someone with a grant, our process builds on the fundamental idea that trans people are our own best advocates: we want to ensure that this belief is reflected throughout the application process.

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Applications are currently closed. Please stay tuned for the information about our next cycle.



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