Applications for 2018 are open until March 18th 2018
You can apply for a grant up to $5,000 USD. Grant money is flexible, it can be used over a period of 12 months for general support and/or projects, and are open to renewal.
You do not need to be a legally registered organization to apply.
Priority will be given to:
- Small, emerging grassroots groups with little or no access to funding from larger donors
- Groups, networks, or collectives based in Sub Saharan Africa, South, Southeast, East Asia and the Pacific, The Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central, Southern, Eastern Europe and Central and North Asia)
- Groups located in remote, underserved areas
- Groups that are made up of and/or working with socially excluded and disadvantaged young women, trans* and intersex youth, especially: refugees, ethnic, national and caste minorities, rural women, urban disadvantaged, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, women and trans* living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers, women and trans* with disabilities, women and trans* living or working in armed conflicts and post conflict zones, women and trans lead unions, groups working on climate justice, land rights
- Groups using creative and innovative strategies to further their activism (including art, music, culture, poetry, social media, feminist activist driven research etc
The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe through two main activities:
- Providing financial support for strategic court cases; and
- Facilitating collaboration between digital rights actors.
Where needed, the Fund also assists digital rights actors in finding pro bono legal support to further strengthen their litigation work.
Starting in Q2 2018.
FundAction is a new participatory fund making grants for social transformation, organized around a community of activists based in Europe to support social movements working towards a transition to a just and equitable world.
Three kind of grants are being proposed: Renew, Rethink, Resist.
Support for new initiatives and ideas that promote systemic change. Open to: Everyone / Funding up to: 20.000 €
Creating a European network and community through funds for collaboration, exchange and capacity building. Open to: Members / Funding up to: 5.000 €
Rapid funding to respond to urgent actions. Open to: Everyone / Will be launched in 2018
Urgent Action Fund was established to provide support to women and trans* human rights defenders or organizations led by women or trans* activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights.
Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants complement traditional donor funding in cases of crises, emergencies, or opportunities that are not expected or predictable, and when funding is needed immediately to address the current situation.
Urgent Action Fund provides two types of Rapid Response Grants. To receive a Rapid Response Grant, your proposal must fall under at least one of these situations:
- Security Grants – The safety and security of women or trans* human rights defenders/activists/organizations is threatened due to their human rights work. This includes emergency security measures for organizations and movements, and temporary relocation for individual women’s human rights defenders in contexts of armed conflict, escalating violence or politically volatile environments. For recent examples of protection and security grants, click here.
- Opportunity Grants – An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women’s and LBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices in their local context. This includes opportunities to influence public opinion or public policy, take potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, and organize peaceful demonstrations or protests. For recent examples of advocacy and opportunity grants, click here.
Within these two broad grantmaking categories, the activists that Urgent Action Fund support are working on a diversity of issues to protect and advance the human rights of women and trans* people. This includes gender-based violence, reproductive justice, environmental & land rights, indigenous rights, peace building, sex worker’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, among other issue areas.
Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:
- Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
- Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
- Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of an application.
- Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.
Urgent Action Fund does not fund the following types of requests:
- Cisgender male-led organizations or networks.
- Individual requests without an organization or network affiliation.
- Projects focused on long-term development aid or charity assistance.
- Natural disaster relief.
- Annual operating budgets and/or bridge funding (to fill a funding gap).
- UAF accept grant applications in any language, 365 days per year.
- UAF will respond to your request within 24 hours; however, proposals in languages other than Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, or French may require additional time for translation.
- The maximum grant request can be up to $5,000 USD.
Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:
- 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 and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak 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 to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country. Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.
- Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people 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.
- Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:
Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros
Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through the Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)
B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?
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 and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.
Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and supports groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).
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 and trans* 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 and trans* persons living with disabilities
- Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
- Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons 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 the criteria.
C. What Mama Cash does not fund
- Groups whose mission and/or primary focus are not the promotion of women’s, girls’ or trans* people’s human rights
- Groups whose work focuses primarily on improving the lives of individual women, girls and/or trans* people without addressing the conditions that give rise to the injustices they face
- Groups that actively seek to deny the rights of certain women, girls and trans* people, based on who they are or on their position in society
- Groups whose primary purpose is development work, humanitarian assistance, poverty alleviation, or services, such as:
- Income-generating activities and credit programmes, (In)formal education, literacy programmes and traditional skills training, Providing social, legal or health care services
- Groups led by men (with the exception of those led by trans men)
- Groups based in the United States or Canada
- Groups based in the Global North that are executing programmes in or are leading partnerships with groups based in the Global South and East
- Groups founded by, led by, or structurally or economically dependent on political parties, government agencies, or religious institutions
- Academic research or scholarships
- Stand-alone travel grants (costs for travel can, however, be part of broader applications provided they are consistent with the group’s mission and strategies)
The Mediterranean Women’s Fund tries to finance projects of women’s rights associations in Algeria, France, Turkey, Morocco and in Palestine.
To provide, or help to find, the financial or technical means which are needed to fund actions decided by those groups, associations, organizations or individuals who are working towards equality between women and men in the Mediterranean region.
PROGRAM TO REINFORCE THE FUND-RAISING CAPACITIES OF ASSOCIATIONS
The Fund has three main axes of support:
- Networking at a regional level: network building, exchange of information and experiences, project coordination
- Strengthening of women’s movements at a local level: Support for the running of associations, training for young women and assistance for creative or sensitive projects
- And depending on the context, individual support: help for participating at meetings or urgent aid
It provides support to associations and networks of the Mediterranean region by:
- Providing information concerning funders who work in the region
- Encouraging members of associations to participate in training programs for project construction, financial budget management and fund-raising
- Helping the creation of local funds
The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.
We observe that our societies in Europe and beyond become more and more fragmented, alienated, radicalised and unjust. Symptoms include the rise of populist and fascist leaders, elites accumulating more power and wealth while many do not benefit from increasing welfare levels, climate change reaching one point-of-no-return after another, scientific facts are labelled ‘fake news’, and meanwhile the arts and cultural practice receive less and less public funding. The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.
We believe that new initiatives are important creators of social good. By connecting them across European borders we support meaningful change.
For one year, 24 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states, as well as the Western Balkans, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, will form 12 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2017, up to 40 project managers and/or creative project coordinators will join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 12 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.
Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 5000) for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.
Tandem Europe II: application closed
The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure.
With a grant of up to €30.000, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop open source prototypes over a period of six months.
The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education in Germany.
The next application phase starts on August 1st 2017.
With the aim of ensuring that young feminists and young women are supported in continuing to play an active role in the global transition towards justice and sustainability; FRIDA is launching a special grant round for young feminist and young women-led groups focused on Climate and Environmental Justice in targeted regions and countries.
FRIDA Young feminist fund
Funding amount and length
FRIDA makes grants of up to $5,000 USD. They are flexible grants that can be used for general support and/or projects* to be used over a period of 12 months and are open to renewal.
Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to ALL of the following:
- Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective
- Improving the lives of young women/trans* youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
- Working towards climate and/or environmental justice, understood as defending a clean, healthy and safe environment while at the same time defending the rights of the most marginalized sectors, including women, indigenous groups, and/or others;
You can apply in any of the following 6 languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Groups with budgets over $25,000 USD.
- Proposals submitted by individuals, government institutions, political organizations or religious groups.
- Groups that focus only on the provision of direct services (e.g. formal education, technical training, craft or health care, etc.).
Climate and Environmental Justice Special Grants