From 19 February – 17 March 2024, 11:59 PM CET, Mama Cash invites applicants who are not current Resilience Fund grantee-partners to submit their Letters of Interest. Applicants will be informed, by 31 July 2024, whether their application has been accepted by the COM COM – Mama Cash’s participatory grantmaking body – to the final round of its decision-making process.
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During the 2024 Resilience Fund LOI window, Mama Cash is inviting applications from self-led feminist organisations and initiatives based in the following regions: Africa, West Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. Applicants for new Resilience Fund grants that are not based in the above-listed regions will not be considered this year.
Mama Cash supports ambitious self-led feminist organisations and initiatives that defend and advance the rights of women, girls, and trans and intersex people. The Resilience Fund provides core, flexible, long-term support for up to 10 years. This enables grantee partners to strategise, plan and carry out the work they want to do, in the way that they want to do it – over the long term – so that they can grow, strengthen and sustain their feminist movements.
Mama Cash’s adoption of a regional restriction for new Resilience grants for 2024 stems from an ambition to re-balance our grantmaking portfolio to:
- ensure that the bulk of our funding in 2024 is weighted towards our core, long term, flexible funding and
- maintain transparency about our participatory grantmaking processes, institutional priorities and staffing realities.
Mama Cash’s other funds – i.e., the Solidarity Fund, Revolution Fund and Radical Love Fund – will remain open for new applications from all regions. In addition, renewal grants for existing Resilience Fund grantee-partners are also unaffected by this year’s regional restriction. We advise groups wishing to apply for a Resilience Fund grant to closely consider the Mama Cash selection criteria.
Consistent with our commitment to sharing power and ceding decision-making to activists, Mama Cash remains a fully participatory grant-maker. All decisions about all our new grants are made by the communities with whom we work. Our participatory grantmaking process for the Resilience Fund is as follows:
- all applicants provide input and guidance on thematic issues they believe should be prioritised for funding,
- Mama Cash staff screen all applications for eligibility against the selection criteria and priorities,
- the COM COM reviews a longlist of the top applications to discuss, deliberate and make the final decisions on who our new grantee-partners will be.
You can read more about the Resilience Fund’s participatory grant-making process here.
Mama Cash is a fund with limited resources. Every year, more self-led feminist and women’s, girls’, trans and intersex rights groups apply for funding than we can fund. This also means, unfortunately, that we still must decline many outstanding and impactful groups that meet our criteria and priorities. In 2023, we received 1,905 funding requests, of which we could only approve 35 new grants (less than 2% of all requests) and in 2022 we received 1477 funding requests of which we could only approve 25 new grants. This year, we expect to approve a similar percentage of new grants. We advise groups wishing to apply during this year’s Resilience Fund grantmaking window to review our frequently asked questions for more information.
The application window is not relevant for current Resilience Fund grantee-partners whose grants are to be renewed during the course of 2024. Please also note that Mama Cash is not affiliated with a loan app called CashMama. Mama Cash will never ask you for money and we will only email you from email addresses ending in @mamacash.org. Please disregard emails sent from other email providers.