The Red Umbrella Fund

The Red Umbrella Fund is launching its third call for applications, the first ever to provide two-year-grants for sex worker-led organisations and networks  worldwide. To find out if your group or organisation is eligible for funding from the Red Umbrella Fund, please see the Red Umbrella Fund website.

The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. The fund exists to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

Since its creation in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund has supported the work of 46 sex worker-led groups in 41 different countries. They were selected by the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) out of almost 1600 applications during two rounds of applications (2012 and 2013).

DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS: 3 August 2014 (23:59 CEST)
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Early 2014, the Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) surveyed 200 sex worker organisations and projects and 140 foundations and other non-governmental grantmakers about the current state of funding for sex worker health and rights worldwide.
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In 2012, a new and innovative global grant-making mechanism for and by sex workers was launched: the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF). The Red Umbrella Fund aims to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalysing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organisations and national, regional and global networks.
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Our Mission is to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalysing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organizations and national, regional and global networks.
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The Red Umbrella Fund is excited to present its first grantees, following the first Call for Applications in 2012. All groups have been awarded a core funding grant of between 4.000 and 40.000 Euro for the duration of one year.
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Miriam Edwards, Executive Director and founding member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition and co-chair of the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition, explains why the Red Umbrella Fund is of vital importance to sex workers.
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Anne Gathumbi, Programme Manager at the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, Kenya, outlines why she is proud to be part of the Red Umbrella Fund.
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