Call for Grant Applications is Now OPEN!

Our 2021 Call for Grant Applications is Now OPEN! Sex worker-led organisations and networks from anywhere in the world are eligible. To improve digital security all applications must be submitted online only Accepting applications from 22 June to 1 August 2021. To apply please review our 2021 Applications Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions available at... Read more »

International Sex Workers’ Day 2021 – CEDAW Statement

To the CEDAW Committee: Sex work is work. It is not trafficking. On 02 June, International Sex Workers’ Day, the Count Me In! Consortium stands in solidarity with sex worker-led organisations and networks advocating for sex workers’ rights and condemns the discriminatory and potentially harmful measures proposed in CEDAW’s General Recommendation 38. Sex workers’ rights... Read more »

Programme Advisory Committee Members Recruitment

Red Umbrella Fund is the first-ever global grantmaking collaborative guided by and for sex workers. Red Umbrella Fund is guided by an International Steering Committee (ISC) made up of sex workers and donors. The ISC decides the grantmaking criteria, approves the annual budget and makes other strategic decisions. The Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) advises the... Read more »
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About us

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. 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 Red Umbrella Fund’s Programme Advisory Committee)

Since its creation, 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.