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)