Queer Mobilization Fund’s Application is closed.
What is the Queer Mobilization Fund?
The Queer Mobilization Fund was created in 2016 as a rapid response fund to support community mobilizations and projects that advance Queer and Trans liberation in the wake of NC House Bill 2 (HB2). The purpose of this fund is to support queer and trans people of color on the frontlines of struggles for freedom and liberation. Many queer and trans people of color recognize the legacy of slavery, genocide, and violence that makes HB2 possible. It is with this reflective lens that illuminates our histories and inspires change in our realities, that queer and trans people of color are organizing to reclaim our futures.
Since our inception, QMF has supported grassroots organizing and community-building efforts across North Carolina. Historically we have primarily conducted rapid response funding, with grants ranging between $500-$750. After conducting a series of listening circles in 2018, we are shifting QMF’s model to receiving applications twice a year for requests up to $5,000.
We prioritize moving grants to LGBTQ, people of color led organizations doing work in North Carolina. QMF wants to support communities that are often barred from receiving financial support for their efforts. Our fund is able to support organizations and groups whether or not they have 501(c)3 status.
Here are the areas of work we are looking to fund:
- Organizational development: Support for your organization to do strategic planning, organizational strengthening, development of organizational structures, processes, etc.
- Leadership development: Support for you or your organization to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen the leadership of LGBTQ people of color. This can be coaching, accessing trainings/conferences, or support for the creation of a leadership development program within your organization.
- Solidarity convenings/gatherings: Support for efforts that bring together LGBTQ people of color to relationship build, strategize, and extend solidarity efforts across issues, identities, and geographies.
- Healing Justice: Support for efforts that address trauma and healing with a political, social, economic, and spiritual framework.
The Queer Mobilization Fund is open to groups who have 501c3 status, a fiscal sponsor, or groups without any legal designation*.
Grants of up to $5,000 may be requested and automatically include an additional $500 wellness stipend to go toward organizational Healing Justice efforts.
The grant includes access to a Cohort, where your group will be able to access technical assistance + capacity building support for your organization. The cohort will also include one annual fall gathering [typically in-person, but virtual during Covid-19 restrictions] where grantees can exchange knowledge and skillshare with each other. Participation in the cohort is not required to receive funding but groups who indicate they want to participate in their application will be prioritized.
*please note groups without a fiscal sponsor or 501(c)3 status are responsible for paying taxes on their grant awards.
Applications are reviewed by QMF’s community grantmaking panel, consisting of community members, activists/organizers and QMF grantees from across NC. You can submit an application online, by phone, or by video. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on submitting a video or applying via phone.
March 1: Application opens
April 4: Application closes
May 13: Grant decisions announced
May 14- June 14: Distribution of funds
Do you want assistance in developing your organizations project proposal? We are happy to talk through your idea and give you feedback on your application before you submit. Please email us at email@example.com.
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El Fondo de Movilización Queer (QMF, por sus siglas en inglés) fue creado en 2016 como fondo de respuesta rápida para apoyar movilizaciones y proyectos comunitarios que promueven la liberación de la comunidad queer y trans tras la aprobación del proyecto de ley 2 (HB2, por sus siglas en inglés). El propósito de este fondo es apoyar las personas de color queer y trans en la primera línea de la lucha por la libertad y liberación. Muchas personas de color queer y trans reconocen la herencia de esclavitud, genocidio, y violencia que hace que sea posible la ley HB2. Es bajo este prisma reflexivo que ilumina nuestras historias y inspira cambio en nuestras realidades que personas de color queer y trans están organizando para reclamar nuestros futuros.