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 129 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in over 50 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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Time to Turn Up the Volume

by Nadia van der Linde Please cite this article as: N van der Linde, ‘Time to Turn Up the Volume’, Anti-Trafficking Review, Anti-Trafficking Review, issue 12, 2019, pp. 194-199, www.antitraffickingreview.org. I remember my first self-organised donor panel well. It was at the Global Social Change Philanthropy Conference in Washington, DC in 2013. I had just started work as the... Read more »

Join the ISC

** Sorry – now closed ** The Red Umbrella Fund is looking for committed sex worker rights activists to join our International Steering Committee (ISC)!  Are you a sex worker and an experienced activist interested in supporting the sex workers’ rights movements at a global level? Do you agree with the need to respect sex... Read more »

Call for Applications Open

Sorry – the Red Umbrella Fund’s 2018 Global Call for Applications is now closed! 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 sex... Read more »

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