Digital Freedom Fund

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.

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Reporters in the Field

Who can participate:

  • International teams with professional freelance or staff journalists, photographers or visual storytellers who work for established media outlets (no matter if print, photo, broadcast, web, or cross-media) are eligible. No age limit applies.
  • Your team and story must be based in at least two of the following countries:
  • Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom.

WHAT it is about:

  • Find a topic that works for cross-border journalism and is of relevance in Europe.
  • Team up with international colleagues or contact us: if you have a convincing story but no team yet, we can help you to find one if you ask us in due time.
  • Realize your story: You can use our grant to support both travel costs and remuneration. To connect expertise from different countries and spheres, you can spend it on research trips with your team. If you find that your topic requires research at home, team members can also spend grant money for research in their home countries.
  • Publish your story in your preferred language.

HOW to apply:

  • Team up with your colleagues and designate a project leader, who will act as your representative for all correspondence, administrative and budgetary purposes.
  • Prepare your application in English using our application form. You can save your application before submitting it. Applications made via e-mail or post will not be considered and cannot be returned. The next deadline for applications will be March 25, 2018.
  • Submit one joint application for your team, but do include CVs and further information on the individual team members.
  • Save the Date: At least two team members must participate in our workshop in Berlin from June 15- 17, 2018.

OUR EXPECTATIONS:

The program’s main goal is to enable relevant and innovative cross-border stories. This is difficult enough, so we don’t set up many conditions. However, our expectations are:

  • Workshop: At least two team members must participate in our workshop from June 15- 17, 2018. We think that collaborative cross-border journalism is a crucial way to foster international understanding and to face current challenges in media and society. That’s why we invite everybody to a common workshop in the start. We find it equally important that you meet your team members throughout your research and share your experience with other teams – wherever possible.
  • Language: Please note that the program and the workshops are run in English, and you need an advanced level of spoken and written English to participate. Whilst we expect the completed projects to be produced in the language of your chosen media, you will be required to submit English abstracts and translations for the workshops and the program in general.
  • Publication: Please submit a publications-strategy to your application. Written commitments by media outlets, which are interested in publishing the results of your research are not obligatory but welcome and do improve your chances. You can publish your story in your preferred language but a short English summary will be required on your final results at the end.
  • Financial Report: Your grant can be used for all research related costs, but keep in mind that we need a report on your expenditures. The maximum grant available is 8,000 € per single project, which should support but not necessarily completely cover the costs of your research activities.

TIMELINE:

  • Spring 2018: Jury session and notification of the applicants
  • Pre-research phase, where teams prepare and begin their research to be able to present the first results during the first workshop.
  • June 15- 17, 2018: First workshop, where teams meet up with invited experts to discuss ideas, work on story angles and plan a road-map forward. All costs will be covered by the program. Do not include them in your budget plan.
  • June 2018- November 2018: Mentoring and research phase, where the participants return to their home destinations and/or undertake their research trips to collect information for their cross-border stories. Our fellows are offered mentoring by the program office and experts during their work.
  • End of November 2018: (optional) Two-days-review session where representatives of all teams meet again to finalize their pieces and discuss them with the new fellows of the next round.
  • End of December 2018: Last date of publishing stories – of course you can publish your stories before!

Apply

http://n-ost.org/77-reporters-in-the-field#Become%20a%20Fellow

Mozilla Research Grants

Mozilla is dedicated to keeping the web open, healthy, and accessible to everyone. As part of that mission, they provide research grants to universities, labs and research-focused registered non-profits working to make the internet a better place.

Research Domains

We fund research in a wide variety of ways, including building new technologies, improving existing technologies, and studying how people use technology. Our research domains include Emerging Technologies’ four core areas:

  • Open Web Platform, such as Rust, Servo and Daala. We recently funded projects testing the Rust and bindgen compilers, and implementing Typed WebAssembly.
  • Mixed Reality, including virtual reality and augmented reality. In 2017 we funded a study into gender differences in virtual reality, and another exploring how to design pro-social norms in VR.
  • Speech, Language & Assistants: recent funded research includes improvements to word2vec; aiding the creation of a corpus of human-chatbot interaction open data; and mining translations from existing webpages.
  • New Explorations: We have funded proposals to design more usable IoT access controls; family use of IoT; and building distributed computing in remote islands

We also fund research relevant to Mozilla in other ways:

  • Firefox: We funded a study to understand how users think Private Browsing modes work and how they actually work, as well as a study exploring older adults’ use of the internet.
  • Internet Health: Funded proposals have included studies of the ethics of hacktivism and evaluating add-ons to understand their privacy implications.
  • Accessibility: We have funded the creation of a corpus of unambiguous data for evaluating text entry for blind users, as well as tools to improve privacy and accessibility of web extensions.
  • Inclusion: We believe in the value of inclusive innovation and impact, continuously exploring new possibilities with and for diverse communities, and have funded projects that include studying ways to ameliorate harassment in streaming video and encouraging computer science education for youth.

In addition, we’re always interested in projects that explore answers to difficult questions impacting the open web, such as:

  • Developing open data resources and allowing for data portability
  • Exploring reasonable ways to balance advertising and privacy
  • Improving web anonymity
  • Developing open identity solutions and open standards for encrypted messaging
  • Researching alternatives to advertising to fund internet experiences
  • Finding ways to improve the decentralization of the internet away from closed-source software and closed-source data
  • Exploring issues related to vulnerable populations, and improving diversity in open-source software

For more detail, here are the previous funding announcements:

While we do fund a wide variety of domains, this program is for funding research.

Submitting a Funding Request

UPDATE: Submissions for 2017H2 are now closed. We will announce the 2018H1 program in Spring 2018. To be notified about these or related opportunities for collaboration or funding, join this mailing list.

Applications must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit, in any country (except for those embargoed by the US State Department). University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. We encourage the submission of small, focused proposals, and we expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, will be around one year. In general, we cap individual grants at $50,000. As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant, with a cap of $5000, not counted as part of the $50,000 cap. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. We do not pay university overhead.

Proposals must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make any resulting publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget. In the interests of transparency, we ask you to acknowledge Mozilla’s support in your publication, and send it to us when it gets published. We particularly encourage grant recipients to further publish their work in a format more accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press.

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact.  We join processes that are consultative and participatory. Our ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows us to respond quickly to changing situations. We add our own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.

We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

Eligibility Criteria

OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:

  • Democratic governance and rule of law

  • Economic governance

  • Health and rights

  • Equality and non-discrimination

Grant seekers should carefully review our program priorities on our webpage to better know what we fund under each of the focus areas.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

We also do not provide scholarships for individual studies.

Guidelines

Grant application PDF

Please submit proposals to info@osiea.org.

Edge Fund grants for long term societal change

Funding Criteria

Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).

What we fund:

  • Work that creates long-term change in society by addressing the causes of injustice and inequality.
  • Work addressing issues facing a particular community that is led by that community (e.g. a group working on issues around sex work should be led by people with direct lived experience of sex work).
  • Groups based in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.
  • We fund small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. The average income of groups we fund is around £2500. If you’ve received funding from mainstream sources, such as the Lottery or local council, or have several paid staff, we’re probably not the fund for you.
  • We fund all types of non-profit organisations, including groups that are not formally registered.
  • Groups who have a religious purpose are welcome to apply but we don’t provide financial support for any activity, initiative or project where the primary aim is to promote religion.

What we do not fund:

  • We do not fund traditional charity work that only addresses symptoms of injustice and inequality without aiming to tackle the root causes. So, for example, we would not support activities that only improve health and well-being, or relieve financial hardship and unemployment, or improve social inclusion and harmony, or conserve the environment, or advance education and training. More on charitable activity and more on change vs charity.
  • We do not fund groups with an annual income over £25,000.
  • We do not fund commercial or business activity.
  • We rarely support registered charities, community interest companies or social enterprises as they usually have more funding options than other types of groups, and do not have radical aims. If you are unsure, please get in touch to ask us if you are eligible before applying.
  • We do not support international groups or issues. Groups in the UK & RoI that are targeting a UK & RoI-based target in response to an injustice outside the UK & RoI can apply. For example, we would fund a group of environmentalists within the areas we cover, targeting an company based in the UK & RoI for their crimes abroad. We would not fund a group in a country outside the UK & RoI, targeting a company in the UK or RoI.
  • We do not support political parties.
  • We are not currently accepting applications from individuals. We suggest that you find a few like-minded people and create a group for your project.
  • We do not fund work that is in partnership with, or promotes, the military or police.
  • We do not fund the ‘service user’ groups of larger charities. These charities usually have enough access to funding.

Still unsure?

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Red Umbrella fund

What we fund

The Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are:

  • based in any country in the world;
  • registered or unregistered;
  • led by women, men and/or trans.

Our criteria

If you wish to apply, your group, organisation or network must fulfill each of the following three criteria:

1. Be led by sex workers for the benefit of sex workers.
2. Be committed to connect to and strengthen the sex workers’ rights movement
3. Agree with all the principles of the Red Umbrella Fund.

We do NOT fund:

  • Organisations that are not led by sex workers;
  • Organisations that have a project or programme with or for sex workers, while the organisation as a whole has a broader focus;
  • Organisations that seek to abolish or criminalise sex work;
  • Organisations exclusively providing social or medical services;
  • Organisations founded by or structurally dependent on political parties, government agencies or religious institutions;
  • Business, credit programmes or income-generating activities;
  • Academic research;
  • Individual requests.

What kind of grants do we give?

The Red Umbrella Fund provides flexible core funding to support the general coordination, functioning and strengthening of a group, organisation or network and its members. Core funding can be used to cover expenses such as registration costs, rent, salaries, advocacy, (peer led) capacity building, membership meetings, networking activities, etc. Our funding is flexible in that it may be used and adjusted largely according to self-identified needs of the grantee. Our grants are not meant solely for project-based activities.

How much funding can be requested?

The Red Umbrella Fund currently provides two-year grants of between €8.000 and €80.000. The average grant size has been about €20.000 per year. Please be realistic in your request and do not automatically request the maximum amount.

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http://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantmaking/apply-grant/ 

Amplify Change Strengthening Grant

Strengthening grants support particular, usually time-limited, projects (usually 6-24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the priority themes of AmplifyChange.

Strengthening grants range from EUR40,000 – EUR100,000.

We receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available.

We will not consider grants exceeding EUR100,000 in budget.

There may be a possibility of extending the period of support. This will be advised at a later date to successful applicants, and will be subject to performance.   

Who and what are Strengthening grants for?

Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support and strengthen the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

Strengthening grants are also intended to help strengthen the organisational and technical capacity of groups; we understand that this enables groups to better implement projects that are aiming to secure specific change.  

See eligible countries.

What was the last Strengthening grant call for?

The last Strengthening grant call focused on supporting the advocacy efforts of civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive policy and reform in AmplifyChange priority thematic areas.  

We can provide support to cover costs related to:
  • Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange thematic areas
  • Staff costs including support staff
  • Technical assistance costs
  • Travel costs associated with the project objectives and activities
  • Organisational capacity building and strengthening support including staff training and development
  • Activity Monitoring & Evaluation costs
  • Indirect project support costs. These are expenses which are incurred in the support of operational activities including, for example, rent, shared utility costs and audit fees.

Read more & Apply

https://amplifychange.org/grant-model/strengthening/how-to-apply/

Lush Charity Pot

The Lush Charity Pot supports small, grassroots organisations around the world that are working in the areas of animal protection, the environment , and human rights. The majority of our funding is allocated to smaller groups who struggle to find funding elsewhere.

All applications within these fields will be considered irrespective of their geographical location or how the organisation is registered. For a full version of these guidelines, please go to https://uk.lush.com/article/lush-charity-pot-uk-full-guidelines.​ Please read these before downloading the application form.

How much can I apply for?

Our support ranges from a few hundred pounds to a maximum of £10,000 per project. Our average grant is around £4,000.

What projects are funded?

Lush Charity Pot particularly looks for projects that create long-term change. They feel it is also crucially important to fund projects that aim to stop the abuse from happening in the first place by addressing the root cause of the problem; for example, Lush Charity Pot would prefer to fund a project that aims to stop deforestation (eg by challenging the palm oil industry) over one that aims to plant trees to restore an area that’s already been deforested. Lush Charity Pot therefore prioritises funding to projects which aim to change opinion and behaviour through raising awareness of issues, activism, education and campaigning, particularly because this kind of work is not well funded elsewhere. We’re looking for initiatives that reach beyond those directly involved in the project; those that have the potential to benefit many rather than just a few individuals.

We do also fund projects that provide aid and support where needed, such as animal shelters and refugee support and advice groups. As well as challenging harmful practices it’s important to support positive alternatives. Therefore, we also look for projects that promote and implement viable, fair and sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

Which organisations are fundable?

The majority of our funding is allocated to small, grassroots groups that are often best placed to make a real difference with limited resources and often struggle to find funding. Almost all the groups we fund have annual incomes of less than £250,000 and most are substantially smaller than this and run entirely or predominantly by volunteers. If your organisation is in the fortunate position of having many supporters and corporate sponsors or is able to secure mainstream funding such as government grants, you’re probably not one for us.

We believe we can make the most impact by funding causes that are often overlooked by other funders, therefore we give priority to less popular issues which are more difficult to raise funds for. The most popular causes tend to be health charities (medical research, hospices etc), social welfare, religious causes, children/ young people and military related causes, so these aren’t a priority for us. We’re looking for organisations that take on issues that others don’t, those that push the boundaries and challenge mainstream opinion.

We support non-violent direct action groups because we feel it plays an important part in bringing about social change. Non-violent direct action includes protests and demonstrations, non-cooperation and other non-violent interventions. We will only consider supporting non-violent direct action groups, i.e. those which have no intention of physically harming others or threatening to do so. Whilst we support groups that engage in non-violent direct action in various ways, we do not fund actions that may break the law.

We don’t fund religious organisations, schools, councils, student expeditions or academic studies neither do we contribute to sponsored walks or other fundraising initiatives or sponsor events.

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https://uk.lush.com/article/charity-pot-funding-guidelines

Urgent Action Fund – Africa

Urgent Action Fund-Africa provides financial support for strategic interventions that take advantage of opportunities to advance women’s human rights. Such opportunities arise when an unexpected event – positive or negative – creates a situation in which rapid intervention can have a significant impact.

Urgent Action Fund-Africa makes grants in five categories:

  • Defending the defenders
    UAF-Africa provides urgent financial and technical support for the protection of women’s rights activists who are persecuted as a direct result of their activism. We recognise and support women’s rights activists and organisations whose lives are at risk because of their work in challenging patriarchy, fundamentalisms, harmful traditional norms and values or any other contextual factors that impact negatively on women’s rights or seek to subjugate women. Realizing that many women’s rights activists defend women’s rights in their individual capacities; to defend their own rights or the rights of other women, without necessarily being members of women’s rights groups or organisations, UAF-Africa supports women’s rights activists who, through their individual actions, can have an impact on the collective advancement and protection of women’s human rights.
  • Protecting women’s individual dignity, safety and autonomy
    Women have the right to dignified and secure existence in a world free from physical, sexual, psychological and economic harm where they can determine how to conduct and exercise their bodily, sexual and reproductive rights in private or public spaces, during peace time and in situations of armed conflicts or political volatile situations. UAF-Africa supports women’s rights organisations and women’s human rights defenders (this includes female identifying transgender persons, lesbians, bisexual and intersex persons) to advocate for and safeguard their rights to bodily integrity, autonomy, safety and dignity.
  • Justice and the rule of law UAF-Africa recognises that legal frameworks and the rule of law are important tools for advancing and promoting women’s rights. Access to justice and the practice and implementation of the rule of law have contributed to women’s marginalization and secondary position in society owing to corruption, patriarchy, poor legal and social structures for justice including relaxed enforcement mechanisms. UAF-Africa supports women’s human rights defenders and organisations to engage in, challenge and influence processes that lead to the enforcement of justice and rule of law. This includes precedent setting legal and legislative interventions, review, enactment and implementation of progressive laws, challenging retrogressive laws, interpretation and introduction of progressive legal clauses which all ultimately strengthen the women’s voice and visibility while creating long-lasting and systemic change.
  • Economic JusticeThe reality of today’s world is that the imbalances of power in the economic realm ultimately transpose to imbalanced systems and structures in other spheres. Women’s socio-political, environmental and legal welfare are hinged on access to economic resources. The right to acquire and utilise resources including land, minerals, water and energy for economic gains has been indiscriminately applied to women in Africa. This has contributed to their disempowerment in various realms. Access to employment and increased and equal opportunities within the labor market are key drivers of gender equality. This is particularly relevant as the economic importance of the natural resource sector and within the extractive industry is growing in many African countries. However, the impacts of extractive operations are not gender neutral with women being the first to bear the negative impact of irresponsible extraction practices. The exploitative and ecologically destructive nature of the extractive industry leaves women in particularly vulnerable in many socio-economic and security fronts at the disregard of the multinational companies and state actors involved in the industry.

    UAF-Africa supports women’s human rights organisations and activists who seek to address and overcome the defining factors that contribute to women’s economic stagnation and advocate for an enabling environment with just and equitable frameworks that promote women’s economic self-reliance.

  •  Natural Resource Governance & Climate Change
    Natural resource governance, climate change and social justice interact in a circular fashion and at the heart of this are women’s rights. Women are critical to the management of and control of natural resources. Women are equally pivotal in climate change adaptation and mitigation processes because of their overwhelmingly close relationship with natural resources but also because of the knowledge, skills with regard to adaptation and environmentally friendly production of natural resource outputs.

    UAF-Africa supports women’s rights organisations and women’s rights activists to advocate for their active participation and decision making in the governance of natural resources and the orientation and implementation of climate change policies and practices.

Applications are possible in English, Swahili, Portuguese, Arabic, French.

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RAPID RESPONSE GRANTMAKING

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Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Criteria

Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:

  1. Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
  2. Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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[1] 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).

How

  • 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.

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Grantee Profiles

Apply: https://urgentactionfund.org/apply-for-a-grant/apply-online/

Mama Cash – Grants for feminist women and trans groups

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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  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.

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)

Do you want to see examples of the kind of groups Mama Cash supports? click here >>

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

  1. Groups whose mission and/or primary focus are not the promotion of women’s, girls’ or trans* people’s human rights
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Groups whose primary purpose is development work, humanitarian assistance, poverty alleviation, or services, such as:
  5. Income-generating activities and credit programmes, (In)formal education, literacy programmes and traditional skills training, Providing social, legal or health care services
  6. Groups led by men (with the exception of those led by trans men)
  7. Groups based in the United States or Canada
  8. Groups based in the Global North that are executing programmes in or are leading partnerships with groups based in the Global South and East
  9. Groups founded by, led by, or structurally or economically dependent on political parties, government agencies, or religious institutions
  10. Businesses
  11. Individuals
  12. Academic research or scholarships
  13. 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)

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http://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant-2/womens-girls-and-trans-groups/our-priorities-and-themes/

Prototype Fund

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.

Mozilla Open Source Support

Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS) is Mozilla’s program for supporting the Open Source and Free Software movement, with a yearly budget of around $3 million. Mozilla was born out of and remains a part of this movement, and we prosper because of its technology and activism. And we know that open source software remains a key part of the Internet and is essential for the online life of choice, innovation and opportunity we seek to build.

Who

  • Foundational Technology

    The Foundational Technology track is open to any free software / open source project that Mozilla relies on — either embedded in our products or infrastructure, or just used to get work done.

  • Mission Partners

    The Mission Partners track is open to any free software / open source project that significantly furthers Mozilla’s mission to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

  • Secure Open Source

    The Secure Open Source (“SOS”) track supports security audits for open source software projects, and remedial work to rectify the problems found.

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https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/moss/

Climate & environmental Justice – Special Grants

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.

Funder

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.

Who

Groups founded or led by young women or trans* youth (under 30 years) that are committed to ALL of the following:

  1. Advancing and defending women’s rights from a feminist perspective
  2. Improving the lives of young women/trans* youth at local, national, regional or international levels;
  3. 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.

Not supported

  • 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.).

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Climate and Environmental Justice Special Grants