Mobilize Power Fund

Third Wave Fund
Last date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

The Third Wave Fund is pleased to announce Mobilize Power Fund that aims to support the leadership of young women of color (cisgender and transgender), trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements.

They also only fund within the United States and U.S territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Through this fund, they aim to resource urgent and time sensitive community organizing and mobilization, healing justice work, conflict resolution, community accountability, and transformative and restorative justice work, direct action, and more.

Focus Areas

  • Youth Leadership: Young women of color (transgender and cisgender) 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 momentum, attention, or media coverage.
  • Organizational Need: They will prioritize organizations with total budgets under $500,000, that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources, and who do not have access to 501c3 status or fiscal sponsorship.

Funding Information

  • The Mobilize Power Fund remains open all year to resource time sensitive projects responding to unplanned situations and that are led by communities directly impacted by the issues they are working on.
  • Other primary pieces of criteria are BIPOC youth leadership, a strong racial and gender justice lens, and a total organizational budget under $500k.

What Fund Covers?

This Fund Covers Urgent & Time-Sensitive:

  • Community organizing or direct action
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Healing justice work
  • Conflict mediation/resolution
  • Legal or bail fees
  • Marches or rallies
  • Leadership training & skills building
  • Mutual aid
  • Unanticipated legislative or ballot initiative campaigns

Eligibility Criteria

  • Youth-led, grassroots coalitions, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, and fiscally sponsored projects can apply. 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 without tax status to apply.


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