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Coalitions for Social Justice Projects

Mobilize Power Fund

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Third Wave Fund

Deadline Date:

11/02/21 - Midnight in applicant's time zone for written/video applications; 5:00 PM CT for phone interviews


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, groups, and coalitions for social justice activities and projects. Applicants must complete a phone interview prior to the deadline. Funding is intended for programs within the focus areas of direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice. The purpose of the grant program is to support the leadership of young women of color, trans, gender non-conforming, queer, and intersex youth under 35 in social movements.


  • 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 and 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: Organizations with budgets under $500,000 and that are based in areas with limited access to philanthropic resources are prioritized.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190724

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants can be made for up to $10,000. 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations do not need a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor to receive funding.

The Fund strongly encourages grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities to apply.

The Fund does not support:
- Budget shortfalls
- Ongoing, regularly scheduled programs
- Start-up or general operating costs
- Fundraising
- Previously planned or long-term campaigns
- Charity

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are accepted all year and reviewed on a monthly basis. Proposals can be submitted at any time but must be submitted by that month's review deadline date to be considered.

Upcoming 2021 Deadlines:
- May 4
- July 6
- August 3
- September 7
- October 5
- November 2

Phone interviews: Must be completed by 5pm CT (Central Time Zone) of date listed.
Please reach out at least one week before the deadline you are applying for to set up your call.
Written & video applications: Must be submitted by 12am in your timezone of date listed, unless noted.

Phone interviews: Must be completed by 5pm CT (Central Time Zone) of date listed. Please reach out at least one week before the deadline you are applying for to set up your call.
Written & video applications: Must be submitted by 12am in your timezone of date listed, unless noted.

Groups are notified within four to six weeks after the review deadline. Checks are generally mailed within two to three weeks of notification. The Fund may be able to process requests faster for emergencies.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to or call 917-387-1262 x 5.

For questions about the application portal:

Third Wave Fund
P.O. Box 1159
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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