ShowUp: A Fund for BIPOC & QT Creators offers grants to level the playing field and remove barriers that these creators face when entering and establishing themselves in the maker community. These grants are not charity, nor hand outs. They are the recognition that we live in a society that is not fair. A recognition that white supremacy leads to discrimination, reduced opportunities, and additional barriers for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and Queer and Trans individuals. These grants aim to work in small, expedient, and localized ways to reduce those barriers
Our mission is to improve shows and the maker community by removing barriers that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and Queer and Trans (QT) makers, artists, and creators face, especially when it comes to participating in craft and vendor shows. We Recognize The inherent presence of racism and white supremacy within our society that is pervasive, harmful, and omnipresent. The impact that privilege has across society, including within the maker and vendor community. That privilege manifests itself in various ways, including ease of access to markets, materials, and networks for launching a business. That we are working with the goal of helping to ease some of the barriers for Black, indigenous, and people of colour and transgender and LGBTQ2+ individuals who wish to enter into this space.