Third Wave Fund’s Mobilize Power Fund: Grants for Trans-led Groups, Nonprofits, & Coalitions in the USA

Deadline: 10 January 2018

Applications are open for Third Wave Fund’s Mobilize Power Fund which 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.

Third Wave Fund is the only national fund that supports youth-led Gender Justice Activism to advance the political power, well-being, and self determination of communities of color and low-income communities in the United States.

This Fund May Support

  • Actions against criminalization and violence
  • Urgent community organizing or direct action
  • Unanticipated legislative or ballot initiative campaigns
  • Leadership training or participatory action research
  • Healing and healing justice work
  • Legal or bail fees
  • Marches or rallies

Funding Information

  • Grants can be made for up to $7,500 USD. Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Coalitions or joint proposals can request up to $7,500 per group. For example, if a joint application is submitted by two organizations, you can request up to $15,000. The maximum amount a coalition or joint application can request is $15,000 for a partnership of three or more groups.
  • Groups may not be granted more than once within a 6 month period. Groups applying more than once within the year will be considered upon discretion. Grantees who have not completed their follow-up reporting are ineligible for funding until completion.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants for trans-led groups, nonprofits, & coalitions in the USA – regardless of 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship
  • Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding. Third Wave Fund makes this clear to strongly encourage grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply.
  • Other Criteria
    • Reproductive & Gender Justice Focus is Clear: Applicant’s political analysis and project specifically address 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.
    • Community Leadership & Accountability: Campaigns, efforts, or organizations are led by the communities they serve and are responsive and accountable to those communities.
    • Timely, Urgent, & Strategic: The event or situation applicant’s responding to was unanticipated and requires urgent or timely action that is well thought out with clear goals and desired outcomes.
    • Young Women/Trans/GNC/Intersex-Led: Young women of color, trans, queer, gender non-conforming, and/or intersex activists under 35 are a core part of the decision making process.
    • Organizational Need: Third Wave Fund will prioritize organizations with budgets under $500,000 and that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources.

How to Apply

All materials must be submitted at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Mobilize Power Fund.

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