Our 2020 Call for Grant Applications is Now OPEN!

Our 2020 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 2020. To apply please review our 2020 Applications Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions available at... Read more »

Sex-workers’ resilience to the COVID crisis: a list of initiatives

Navigate per regions of the world: Global South-America Asia-Pacific Africa Europe North-America GLOBAL Voir en plein écran [interactive map access] NSWP, the global network, launched a COVID-19 impact survey on the sex worker community! They now have published a similar list on response of their members to the crisis. LATIN AMERICA ARGENTINA: AMMAR Nacional & Cordoba AMMAR Argentina has... Read more »

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 »
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About us

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.