What we fund

A. Mama Cash Criteria for Funding (Body, Money, Voice)


Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

 

1. Work from a feminist and/or women's rights perspective

Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work. This means that they realise that women face different barriers in accessing decent and affordable housing than men. They are also sensitive to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country. Finally, they propose solutions that integrate all these elements.

2. Are self-led by the women, girls, trans people and/or intersex they serve 

Example: If a group is working on trans rights, it should be trans people deciding about the groups' policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans, as well as those being paid. Non-trans or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.

3. Have the promotion of women’s, girls’, trans people and/or intersex people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes

Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.

4. Push for structural and fundamental change

Example: An Indigenous women's group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can't or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.

5. Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested

Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.

See some examples of the kind of groups Mama Cash currently supports. 

B. Mama Cash’s priority and focus

Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:

Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros

Mama Cash does not prioritise providing financial support to larger groups through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money, and/or Voice). As a result, among our grantee-partners in the thematic portfolios you will find only very few groups that have annual budgets over 200,000 euros. 

The focus of Mama Cash’s grantmaking:

Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas - Body, Money and Voice - and we support groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).

Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls, trans people and intersex people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.

For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:

  • Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
  • Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
  • Labour rights of women, trans and intersex people in sex, domestic or industrial work
  • Rights to water, food, and a clean, safe, and healthy environment
  • Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
  • Sexual rights of women, girls, trans and intersex people living with disabilities
  • Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
  • Political and public participation for women, girls, trans people or intersex from ethnic or religious minorities

This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet our criteria.

What we do not fund