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Section 7

Part I. Basic Information for all applicants
Part II. Funding and application requirements
Part III. What types of projects we will fund
Part IV. What scholarships and sponsorships we will offer
Part V. Emergency Fund

How to apply for funding

Part I. Basic Information for all applicants

When we are ready to offer funding, we will notify all members as well as the field directors for your region. We appreciate your patience while we raise the money necessary to offer this service.

We will offer funding to individuals and organizations. Funding, scholarships or sponsorships may be full or partial, depending upon the amount of funds requested, the type of project proposed, and the amount of money available to the Foundation.

To apply for a grant or funding, you may contact your regional representative from the Arts and Culture Council (Field Director) if you know who it is, or contact the Foundation directly for the name of your regional representative. You will be given an application which must be completed neatly written or typed.

Your regional Field Director will review your application, suggest changes if necessary and submit to the Foundation a report for recommendation along with your application.

The Foundation will establish a Grant Application Review Committee, which will determine if your project or request for sponsorship has merit.

Recipients of funding for any project will be required to meet all the criteria established by the tax laws in the United States and in the recipientÕs country, and to file regular reports on the progress of the project, and upon completion, send to the Foundation a copy or photographs of the completed project for our files and/or addition to the art exhibit, or on-line information library.

Every effort will be made to ensure fair and equitable distribution of funds or sponsorships granted, taking into consideration your country, previous experience with the proposed project (if applicable), and other project applications within your region.

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Part II. Funding and application requirements

All regular services which are available to the general public do not require membership.

However, only members of the Foundation are eligible to apply for and receive funding. In as much as membership fees are flexible and even waived in hardship cases, there is no reason not to be a member.

Although the primary recipients for grants, project funding, or scholarshops will be current, ex or transitioning sex workers, we will offer, on a very limited basis, funding to non-sex workers.

Non- sex workers generally have greater access to funding resources than sex workers. For this reason, non-sex workers applying for grants, must have exhausted all other funding sources. Applications from non-sex workers must be accompanied by letters or documents of rejection from other funding sources.

We will also request that the non-sex worker applicant provide us with at least two references from current, ex or transitioning sex workers who are members of ISWFACE.

Finally, the non- sex worker project must be so unique and potentially beneficial to the sex worker community before any consideration will be given to the application.

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Part III. What types of projects we will fund

In order to achieve the goals of the Foundation, all proposed projects requesting full or partial funding must fit into one or more of the following categories:

Art projects - types (some examples):

Fine art

photography painting/drawing in any medium
cartooning sculpture in any medium

Crafts, jewelry making, costume design

Performance art/dance


composing and performing
instrumental and vocal


narrative, musical or documentary
may have educational or entertainment value

Writing projects -(some examples)

poetry fiction and non-fiction
anthologies screen and stage plays

Art and Writing projects - equipment/ supplies

You may apply for funding to purchase or lease equipment, which ever is more cost efficient, any appropriate equipment or supplies, which are required by the nature of your project. While no living or residential rental expenses can be underwritten by the Foundation, funding for short term rental of studio/ workspace is possible within the context of the overall project. Additionally, some editing costs may be covered.

Education projects (some examples)

Community outreach- organizational brochures. literature, buttons, posters, stickers, or the creation of public service announcements/ campaigns

Establishing courses and workshops for the constituents of various sex worker outreach and service providing organizations such as:

*computer literacy
*AIDS/safe sex/reproductive health and family planning
*peer counseling
*transitional/vocational counseling

Books (see writing in art category)

Film/video/documentaries (see same in art category)

Research (conducted by individual or organization) applicants in this category must be presenting new and original theories or methods of research which are not repetitive of existing studies or research.

Formation of a sex worker peer organization and outreach group in a region where none currently exists.

Education projects- equipment/ supplies

In developing countries where computers, fax machines and other major office equipment are scarce and access is limited, the Foundation may offer sufficent equipment and software, offer equipment training to current, ex or transitioning sex workers, and in some cases pay internet access fees (where technology permits) to allow activist organizations to communicate effectively with their peers.
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Part IV. What scholarships and sponsorships we will offer

As with project funding, the scholarships and sponsorships will be offered on a full or partial basis (for instance, where matching funds from other non-profit organizations are available).

Priority will be given to sex workers in developing countries, who do not have access to the same financial resources which may available to other sex workers.

Recipients of scholarships and sponsorships will be required to file a report with the Foundation after the event (class, workshop or conference). All expense receipts must be included. Upon approval of scholarship or sponsorship, the recipient will be mailed a package of instructional information which must be completed and returned to the Foundation or regional Field Director prior to the dispersement of any funds.


A single session class or workshop in the arts and related subjects. (see art definition)

A single session class or workshop in health/ peer counseling/ safe sex/ family planning/ transitional vocational planning/ computer literacy/ art marketing/ and related subjects.

Single Session Classes and Workshops - Expenses paid:

*class/workshop fee or fees
*materials (book or other supplies)
*travel expenses, lodging andmeals on a case by case basis
*Full or part time art school, college or university courses and/or degree completion programs (see art and education definition)
*course/ registration fee or fees
*materials (book or other supplies)
*travel/ living expenses on a case by case basis


Attending single events such as

the International Sex Worker Art Exhibit (if their work is represented in the exhibit and they will be facilitating a class or workshop in conjunction with the exhibit.

a one day training seminar to which recipient is invited to present on a panel.

conferences relating to sex worker and health issues, art and culture, vocational and economic development, such as AIDS or United Nations conferences; other meetings of their peers requiring representation of their organization, country or region; or training sessions which will enable them to do peer counseling, such as AIDS and safe sex education, skill and vocational development outside sex work, etc.

Sponsored single event expenses:

(In some cases, reimbursement will be given upon presentation of receipts, while n other situatins, funds for projected costs will be provided in advance. In this case, all receipts must be sent to the Foundation at the end of the event.)
*registration fees
*Materials (book or other supplies)
*Travel expenses, lodging & meals on a case by case basis
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Part V. Emergency Fund:

An emergency fund will be created for the purpose of alleviating any short term hardship incurred by a fund/scholarship recipient (or potential recipient) whose work as an artist has been interfered with or interrupted by serious injury, incarceration, or government censorship of their work;

Additionally, the emergency fund will be available to any ISWFACE member, whether or not a recipient of grants, scholarships or sponsorships, who, while attending a Network authorized conference in a foreign country, is detained, arrested or incarcerated for expressing political views and opinions related to sex work, or if they are injured, whether through abuse at the hands of another or in an accident not precipited by their own actions or negligence.

In the event of such an emergency, every effort to expedite a request for funds will be made, and funds will be forwarded to the recipient or the recipient's designated representative by the fastest method possible.

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