We are excited to announce the launch of the third edition of the Solidarity Fund!
The Solidarity Fund, hosted by Mama Cash, is a participatory grantmaking fund. From the design to the selection process, it was created in its entirety by Women's Funds, for Women's Funds.
Mama Cash knows first-hand that Women's Funds are supporting some of the most innovative, courageous and transformative feminist movements around the world. They are a key part of the infrastructure needed for feminist movements to hold the line, advance their agendas, and resist attacks and backlash.
In the spirit of radical trust and solidarity, the Solidarity Fund is a pot of funding made to support the needs of Women's Funds. It is also unique in that it incorporates participatory grantmaking as a more equitable, just, transparent and accountable form of grantmaking. This approach also seeks to cede power to the Women's Funds who are best placed to make the decisions that are best for our peers and strengthen the feminist funding ecosystem.
For the third round of the Solidarity Fund, we reached out to the Women's Funds community to decide on the thematic focus of the 2022 edition. 11 Women's Funds participated in defining the theme and enthusiastically offered their insightful ideas and suggestions. 10 out of 26 Women's Funds that participated in a survey prioritised Institutional Strengthening as a thematic focus for the 2022 Solidarity Fund.
Women's Funds are encouraged to seek funds on the topic of Institutional Strengthening. This includes, but is not limited to activities such as:
- implementing agile work processes;
- hybrid models of work;
- technology and logistics of remote work;
- team building;
- developing protocols and internal policies on issues such as conflict resolution and anti-racism;
- improving efficiency in the management of women's funds, especially for those in a growth phase;
- strengthening women’s funds’ governance;
- institutional capacity building on monitoring and evaluation;
- developing security protocols;
- learning to use database or accounting software;
- formalising feminist values within women’s funds;
- venturing and developing new programmes and practices for grantee-partners;
- rebuilding and regenerating the fund during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
These activities were shared by Women's Funds when asked about their priorities for the 2022 theme for the Solidarity Fund. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.
The Solidarity Fund Eligibility Criteria
- The Solidarity Fund is a fund for women’s funds only. Women's funds interested in applying must first review and meet Mama Cash’s criteria for women's funds.
- Applicants are not required to be a member of Prospera - The International Network of Women's Funds to be considered for funding; nascent and emergent funds are welcome to apply.
- Women's funds can apply for a Solidarity Fund grant individually or as part of a larger collaborative of eligible women’s funds. Applicants may not submit more than one proposal: if they are interested in multiple collaborations, they will have to choose and submit (or be part of) just one idea. Prospera regional chapters are exempted from this rule, because they serve a large numbers of funds.
- Women's funds who received a Solidarity Fund grant last year can submit an application for a 2022 Solidarity Fund grant.
How to Apply
Mama Cash’s grant application window for the Solidarity Fund runs from 17 January – 18 February 2022, 23:59 CET. All applications need to be submitted directly to the following address: email@example.com
Women's funds interested to apply may submit a written application form or a video recording form, alongside a budget form. For the written application form please download the brief proposal and budget application forms here:
- English (Application Form, Budget Form)
- French (Application Form, Budget Form)
- Spanish (Application Form, Budget Form)
If you would like to write a grant proposal in another language and have it translated, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you decide to submit a video, please follow the questions on the application form, as well as the budget, and answer them in the video recording.
The total budget available for the 2022 Solidarity Fund is €200,000, which will be divided among the eight highest ranked applicants for grants of €25,000 each.
Decisions about the grants will also be made through a participatory approach. Any women's fund eligible for a grant is eligible to participate in this decision-making process. Women's Funds do not need to submit a proposal to participate in the grant application review, they just need to indicate their interest no later than 3 February 2022 by sending an email to email@example.com.
We encourage applicants to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the Solidarity Fund and answer any questions that you may have. If you have additional questions that don’t show up in our FAQ, please send us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Join us for our Office Hours!
We will also hold office hours to respond to your questions and/or comments on:
- 20 January 2022 at 10:00 CET. Join our Office Hours via Zoom
- 3 February 2022 at 16:00 CET. Join our Office Hours via Zoom
Thank you for your interest!