Red Umbrella Fund: Grants for sex-worker led organisations

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Red Umbrella Fund

Application Deadline

24/07/2022 5:00 pm

The Red Umbrella Fund grantmaking round is now open! Sex worker-led organisations and networks from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

Application window: Accepting applications from 17 June to 24 July 2022.

To apply, please review The Red Umbrella Fund 2022 Applications Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions available at: https://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantmaking/apply-grant/

About: “Red Umbrella Fund makes grants to sex worker-led groups and networks across the world. Although our current funding limits and restrictions do not enable us to make all the grants that we would like to, our aim is to provide core-funding grants in any country of the world. The final selection is made by a peer review panel consisting of sex workers’  rights activists from different regions.

Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. We believe that change will only be achieved through strong, collaborative movements of sex workers advocating for their rights, with the support of their allies. Sex workers themselves are the best positioned to know what is needed for them, and best placed to do something about it. Red Umbrella Fund exists to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

“It’s helpful having sex workers making funding decisions because we understand which projects or groups will really be effective towards positive change. Bottom line, it’s our bodies, our lives, and we should be at the forefront of all decisions affecting us”  (member of Red Umbrella Fund’s Programme Advisory Committee)

Since its creation, Red Umbrella Fund gave out 157 grants to 104 groups and networks in over 60 countries, spending over €4M ($4,6M) on grants and raising over €6.5M ($7,4M) since 2012. All our grantees are selected by our international Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) which is led by sex workers.”

Learn more about how to apply for a grant here. Information is available in English, French, Spanish, and Russian. 

For more information and to apply, visit the Red Umbrella Funds website: https://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantmaking/apply-grant/ 

Previous Grantees:

You can see an overview of previous awarded grantees here. Funding is also provided anonymously in case of sensitivities around sex-work.


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