Mobilize Power Fund
The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations to adapt or pivot their work when met with unanticipated, time-sensitive opportunities or threats to their movement building work and organizing conditions. Apply by written application, video, or phone!
Through the Mobilize Power Fund, we resource time-sensitive projects including community organizing and mobilization, healing justice work, conflict resolution, community accountability, transformative and restorative justice work, direct action, and more. This fund does not resource general operating support, ongoing or regularly planned programming, or recurring events. That being said, Third Wave Fund has other grantmaking programs that provide long-term general operating and capacity building support.
Monthly deadlines are as follows at midnight in your time zone, with the exception of July, August, November, and December for program break.
We launched the Mobilize Power 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 in 2016.
Our goal is to make our application process as easy as possible. We use a screen reader-compatible online portal for English applications. If you have feedback on what works well or what doesn’t work well, or need accommodations in order to apply, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 917-387-1262 x 806.
Gathering Proposal Materials
To apply for the Mobilize Power Fund, we’ll need the following information for a complete proposal:
Basic Information: Contact information, group description, and a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposal
Project Budget: Please include the full budget for the project you want to fund, even if it exceeds your requested amount. Please download and use this Project Budget template.
Group / Organizational Budget: Please include your group or organization's budget of your current calendar or fiscal year (if applicable). Please download and use this Organizational Budget template.
If you are an independent 501(c)(3): IRS Letter for your Organization
If you are Fiscally Sponsored:
- Fiscal Sponsor’s Organizational Budget
- Fiscal Sponsor’s 501(c)(3) IRS Letter
- Current Fiscal Sponsor Agreement signed by both parties
Answers to our Project Narrative Questions: We accept project narratives as written proposals, selfie video submissions, OR through an interview call. Please download and use this Project Narrative template. Project narrative questions are below.
- Written narratives should be no more than 4 pages in length uploaded to our grant portal.
- Video narratives should be no more than 10 minutes in length with a link to the video uploaded to our grant portal.
- Interview calls should be scheduled by emailing email@example.com or by calling 917-387-1262 ext. 806 before the last Tuesday of every month and completed by 5 pm ET on the application due date (first Tuesday of every grant-making month).
- Please note: Due to limited staff capacity, depending on the number of requests we get each month, we may not be able to accommodate your group for an interview call. We aim to prioritize phone interviews for groups for which a written narrative is not accessible, as well as groups led by BIPOC trans people, groups led by young people under 25, groups with no tax status, Spanish-speaking groups, and groups based in U.S. territories.
Project Narrative Questions
- Please describe the purpose and structure of your organization. Include a brief overview of your ongoing or long-term programming, projects, and campaigns. If you are applying as a partnership or coalition, provide a brief description of each group or organization.
- Context: Tell us about the situation your project is responding to, why your response is time sensitive and requires a pivot from your organization’s ongoing work, and how your response to the situation is connected to gender justice.
- Proposed work: Tell us about the project you are seeking funding for. Please include a detailed timeline, a breakdown of the specific activities that will make up this project, and how your strategies and activities strengthen the organizing and movement building power of your community.
- Please tell us how directly impacted people and communities are in leadership and decision-making roles within your group/organization and the project you’re applying for. Please specify if / how young BIWOC* and/or young TIGNCBIPOC** are in leadership and decision-making roles and how they benefit from your project.
- For partnerships only: How did your groups decide to work together on this issue? What is your history of collaboration, if any? What roles will each group/organization have in this project?
* Black, Indigenous, women of color (transgender and cisgender)
**Trans, intersex, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming Black, Indigenous, people of color
Submitting Your Proposal
To submit your application:
- You will need to submit the above proposal materials to our online portal using the two links below.
- Besides basic information and unless otherwise noted, proposal materials will be uploaded as separate documents like email attachments.
- Please submit your documents as .pdf or Microsoft Word files, as our online portal isn’t compatible with other file types.
- For additional guidance on using the online application portal, please refer to our How To Guide (PDF).
- Create a new grant portal account. You may want to gather all of your application materials before logging in.
- After you have created your group’s account, or if you already have an account, please use this second link to create a new Mobilize Power Fund proposal in our grant portal.
- After you have started your proposal, you can save it and log back in later to edit your pre-existing Mobilize Power Fund proposal before you submit it.
- After you apply, you’ll receive an email by the first Thursday of the month to confirm your application was received for that month’s application review cycle.
Questions on using the portal?
If you have questions about the online application portal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about submitting your proposal materials?
If you have questions about the content of your proposal or need to submit proposal materials by email instead, contact email@example.com.