Michigan Trans Assistance Project - Autumn 2020

UPDATE 1/14/2022: For tracking purposes, we're closing this page. If you still wish to contribute funds, please use the new donation page for 2022 . 


Michigan Trans Assistance Project (MTAP) Washtenaw County is the first partnership between Ann Arbor's trans community and Canterbury House. Our mandate is simple: we want to directly connect trans people with the money they need to live their lives with as little delay as possible.

We ran a successful crowdfunding campaign last year and have been able to assist dozens of trans folks in Washtenaw County with necessary living expenses. This is a new campaign to raise funds for another year of providing monetary support to the members of our community that need it most! Your donations have direct, meaningful impact on our community, and anything you can spare truly does make a difference. 

***Canterbury House is a 501c3 and all donations are tax-deductible.***

Who are we?

The Michigan Trans Assistance Project (MTAP for short) is the brainchild of Vidhya Aravind and Carta Monir. As trans women of color living in Ann Arbor, we are acutely aware of the need for improved resources and support for trans people in Washtenaw County. We've partnered with Canterbury House, a 501c3 organization, to operate as a non-profit charity dedicated to connecting trans people with direct assistance.

Why Washtenaw County?

Our current budget and limited team members mean that we need to focus on a smaller area to have the most consistent impact. Washtenaw County is one of the most densely populated counties in Michigan, and is home to thousands of trans people in need of support.

Why this fund?

After attending a trans non-profit fundraiser two years ago, we noticed that people were incredibly willing to give money to lobbying groups and other trans related 501c3’s. This work is incredibly important, and needs to continue! But we were also frustrated knowing so many of our siblings locally were struggling to make rent, afford food, buy clothes, pay for medicine, etc. Direct aid has to exist alongside these larger lobbying projects in order to make sure every trans person is cared for. The hope is that by partnering with Canterbury House we can effectively use tax deductible donations to direct funds towards individual trans folks.

Why this goal?

We’re hoping to raise $10,000 to meet the needs of trans folks seeking funds for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. Our hope is that the fund will continue to pay itself forward as trans people find themselves back on their feet and contribute back to the fund. 

Isn’t just giving money away risky?

It’s not any riskier than trusting lobbying groups to take care of every trans community need! Even if direct aid gets misappropriated, the risk is worth the ability for trans folks to feel like they’re not being gatekept from basic levels of comfort, and to feel like they have agency over their own care.

What can I do?

Donate! Your donations are tax-deductible, which means your employer may also be willing to match your donation. Any money we raise is going directly to trans people in need.


Vidhya Aravind
Ann Arbor, MI
Canterbury House
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.

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