Third Wave Fund's Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements.
The Fund may support:
a) Actions against criminalization and violence;
b) Urgent community organizing or direct action;
c) Unanticipated legislative or ballot initiative campaigns;
d) Leadership training or participatory action research;
e) Healing and healing justice work;
f) Legal or bail fees;
g) Marches or rallies;
h) Conflict mediation / resolution.
Utilize This Offer
1. Youth Leadership: Young women of color and/or trans, gender non-conforming, intersex activists, and/or queer youth under 35 are a core part of planning and decision-making processes. Campaigns, efforts, or organizations are led by and for communities impacted by the event or situation you're responding to.
2. Gender Justice Focus: Your political analysis and project show how the issue(s) you're responding to address or are connected to patriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, gender inequity, or gender-based violence. Gender Justice activism includes racial justice, economic justice, immigration justice, reproductive justice, health & HIV/AIDS justice, trans/intersex/queer justice, disability justice, healing justice, anti-violence and/or anti-criminalization work.
3. Community Power Building: Your proposal's strategies and activities help build power for youth-led gender justice activism, organizing, and/or healing in your communities, and are connected to the goal(s), outcome(s), and/or changes you want as a result of your proposed actions.
4. Urgency or Time-Sensitivity: The event or situation you're responding to was unanticipated, requires urgent or timely action, and/or leverages recent attention or media coverage.
5. Organizational Need: They will prioritize organizations with budgets under $500,000 and that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources.
6. Organizational status: Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding. We strongly encourage grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply.
Grants can be made for up to $10,000 USD.
Partnership or coalitions of two or more groups can request up to $20,000 USD.
Upcoming 2021 Deadlines:
• Tuesday, April 6.
• Tuesday, May 4.
• Tuesday, June 1.
Groups are notified within four to six weeks after the review deadline.
Checks are generally mailed within two to three weeks of notification.
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