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 78 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in 45 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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Call for Applications open!

REMINDER: The Red Umbrella Fund’s global Call for Applications is open until 1 August 2016. Is your group, organisation or network led by sex workers? Do you agree that sex work should be recognised as work? Do you contribute to building and strengthening the sex workers’ rights movement(s)? The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to... Read more »
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Call for self-nominations for the PAC

The Red Umbrella Fund is requesting committed sex workers’ rights activists and allies to send in a self-nomination to participate in our Programme Advisory Committee. Keep reading if you are interested. The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) reviews the applications and advises the Red Umbrella Fund’s International Steering Committee (like a board) about which new grants... Read more »
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In Loving Memory of Sharmus Outlaw

It deeply saddens all of us to have to let go Sharmus Outlaw, our 2016 Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) member, who passed away last week after so many achievements and struggles in her life. Our hearts go out particularly to all her friends and colleagues who have stayed with her in the most difficult of... Read more »

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