NOW OPEN: The Red Umbrella Fund

Red Umbrella Fund

Hello Funds Fans!  I’m back to blogging after an all too brief escape to the magical forests and beaches of Ucluelet and Tofino on the far west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  As my head space is still in vacation mode, I’m sure it will take me a while to get my blogging groove back up to speed.  However, to start us off, here is an interesting fund from Mama Cash.

The Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are based in any country in the world; registered or unregistered and/or led by women, men and/or trans.

The Red Umbrella Fund provides flexible core funding to support the general coordination, functioning and strengthening of a group, organisation or network and its members. Core funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration costs, rent, salaries, advocacy, (peer led) capacity building, membership meetings, networking activities, etc. Funding is flexible in that it may be used and adjusted largely according to self-identified needs of the grantee. Their grants are not meant solely for project-based activities.  Grants range from $4,000 to $40,000 EURO.  Deadline: August 1, 2013.

The Red Umbrella Fund receives generous financial support from American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Comic Relief, Craigslist Fund, Levi Strauss Foundation, MAC Aids Foundation, Mama Cash, and Open Society Foundations (OSF).

In 2013, the Red Umbrella Fund prioritizes groups, organisations and networks that:

  • Most strongly contribute to the Red Umbrella Fund’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities.
  • Have an inclusive approach towards more vulnerable or excluded groups within the sex workers’ movement (this may include for example migrant sex worker, trans sex workers, sex workers living with HIV, etc);
  • Are committed to democratic principles and shared leadership;
  • Have annual budgets below 200.000 euros

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