Mobilize Power Fund

Third Wave Fund

Category: Grant

Deadline: October 31, 2022


What is Mobilize Power Fund?

Third Wave Fund’s Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund for direct action, community mobilizing, and healing justice that supports the leadership of young women of color (cisgender and transgender), trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements.

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. We also only fund within the United States and U.S territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Through this fund, we 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. ​

We launched this fund because powerful movements need the ability to respond to and heal from immediate threats and opportunities with flexible and responsive funding. Mobilize Power Fund’s first iteration was to support organizers against HB2, the transphobic “Bathroom Bill” proposed in North Carolina. ​


Who Can Apply?
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. We 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.
Restrictions on Applying
​We do not make grants to groups or organizations based outside of the United States and U.S. territories. We do not make grants to for-profit organizations. 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.
Grant Criteria

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: We 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.