The 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. The 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 the Red Umbrella Fund’s Programme Advisory Committee)

Since its creation in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund has made 103 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in 49 countries. 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.



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Vacancy at the Red Umbrella Fund

The Red Umbrella Fund is looking for an enthusiastic Programme Associate to join our small and dedicated team in Amsterdam! This position is for 24 hrs per week (up to 32 hours per week may be considered). About the Red Umbrella Fund The Red Umbrella Fund is the only global grantmaking initiative for and by... Read more »
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Minorities in a Movement

Uniting LBT and Refugee Sex Workers Red Umbrella Fund’s Programme Associate Louise visited OGERA (the Organization for Gender Empowerment and Rights Advocacy) in Uganda earlier this year to listen and learn from this unique group. Why are they organized specifically around lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LBT) and refugee sex workers? And how do they manage to... Read more »
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Breaking Barriers to Participation

Five Years of Participatory Grantmaking at the Red Umbrella Fund By Jurre Anema In the past half year I had the honor of writing my thesis at the Red Umbrella Fund office in Amsterdam. I was introduced to the global movement of sex worker rights activists and had the opportunity to speak with some of... Read more »

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