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, the Red Umbrella Fund gave out 157 grants to 104 groups and networks in over 60 countries, spending over €4M ($4,6M) on grants and raising over €6.5M ($7,4M) since 2012. 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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Solidarity Message from Red Umbrella Fund Secretariat

Solidarity is not an act of charity, but mutual aid between forces fighting for the same objective. – Samora Machel In the last few days and weeks and months, the Coronavirus/COVID-19 has spread across the globe and transformed the world. Plans for the year have evaporated and the failures and weaknesses of the various governments... Read more »

Vacancy

Vacancy: Red Umbrella Fund Coordinator Note: the deadline for applications has been extended to 7 April 2020. The Red Umbrella Fund is looking for a Coordinator, starting June 2020 and to be based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Red Umbrella Fund Coordinator is the senior staff member responsible for the day-to-day management of the Red Umbrella... Read more »

New Grantees

The Red Umbrella Fund made 30 new grants in 2019! This is more grants than we ever made before in one year. We welcomed 19 new grantee partners and continue to supporting 21 other sex worker-led groups and networks that we have funded before.  You can view the complete list of grants here: https://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantees/ All... Read more »

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