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Third Wave Fund: Seeking Applications for ‘Sex Worker Giving Circle’ Program

Third Wave Fund: Seeking Applications for ‘Sex Worker Giving Circle’ Program

Deadline: 27 June 2018

Third Wave Fund is seeking applications for a program entitled “Sex Worker Giving Circle (SWGC)”.

The SWGC is a cross-class, multiracial, intergenerational giving circle made up of a group of Fellows who are women, queer, and trans folks with current or past experience in the sex trade.  This fund is interested in supporting work done by and for sex worker communities most impacted by oppression and who have the least access to funding.

Grant Information

In its pilot year, the SWGC plans to make ten to twelve one-year, non-renewable grants to sex worker-led organizations or groups with budgets of under $250,000. Grants are available at three different levels: $5,000, $10,000, and $20,000.

Types of Work

  • Harm reduction, healing justice, and safety planning
  • Organizing and grassroots advocacy, including labor organizing which addresses oppressive labor practices within the sex trade
  • Organizational capacity building, including efforts to develop skills and infrastructure within your group
  • Political education, cultural work, and anti-stigma work
  • Legal education and outreach, including work to address the impacts of the criminal legal system

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Location: Applicants must be based in the United States.
  • Infrastructure: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, a fiscally-sponsored project, or be willing to become fiscally sponsored prior to receiving this grant. Third Wave Fund will work to support groups we recommend for funding to become fiscally sponsored as a condition of grant eligibility.
  • Budget Size: Applicants must have a budget of less than $250,000, or, if applying as a program within a larger organization, the program budget must be under $250,000. The size of the grant you request cannot be more than half of your budget, with the exception that any group may apply for a $5,000 grant.
  • Leadership: Applicants work must be led by the communities you serve; only work led by and for people with current or previous sex work or sex trade experience is eligible for funding.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Gender Justice Focus: Applicants specifically work toward gender justice that address patriarchy, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, gender inequity, and/or gender-based violence as well as the ways that gender oppression intersects with racism, ableism, classism, and criminalization.
  • Vision & Strategies: Applicants have a strong vision for themselves and the future and operate with a root cause analysis of oppression that goes beyond the achievement of legal rights and legislative policies.
  • Leadership: Applicants are led by and accountable to the communities they serve and work to develop leadership within those communities.
  • Potential for Impact & Growth: Applicants demonstrate a vision for long-term growth and impact and demonstrate how they stand to significantly benefit from funding.

How to Apply

All grant proposals should be submitted via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Sex Worker Giving Circle.

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