The Third Wave Fund is currently inviting applications for the Mobilize Power Fund.
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The 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.
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- Grants can be made for up to $10,000 USD. Larger grants may be made on a case-by-case basis.
- Partnership or coalitions of two or more groups can request up to $20,000 USD.
- 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.
The 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
- Conflict mediation/resolution
The Fund does not Support
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- Budget shortfalls
- Ongoing, regularly scheduled programs
- Start-up or general operating costs
- Previously planned or long-term campaigns
- Coalitions, informal groups, and nonprofit organizations.
- Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding. They make this clear to strongly encourage grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Organizational Need: They will prioritize organizations with budgets under $500,000 and that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources.
For more information, visit https://www.thirdwavefund.org/mobilize-power-fund.html