Apply for a Grant

2024 Call for grant applications is now open!

17 June – 26 July 2024 .


Review our documents carefully! Our procedures have been updated to improve accessibility, security and safety of our applicants.

In 2024, Red Umbrella Fund will exceptionally accept applications in Chinese (simplified). Red Umbrella Fund 2024 年将接受以中文(简体)呈交的申请

Read Application Guidelines

Download the Application Guidelines (English) below (also available in Spanish, French, and Russian).

In 2024, Red Umbrella Fund will exceptionally accept applications in Chinese (simplified). Red Umbrella Fund 2024 年将接受以中文(简体)呈交的申请。注意:你必须通过在线系统提交你最终的申请

Take Eligibility Questionaire

This is an eligibility questionaire to make sure that your organisation meets our eligibility criteria and therefore is eligible to apply for funding.

Fill in the online form

Submit a completed application online in English, French, Russian or Spanish by 26 July 2024 (18:00 CET).

You can save your online application and return to the system later. You may resume using the link at the top of the online form. You will also receive an email with a link to your online form.

If you are not sure how to answer any of these questions, you may contact us at [email protected].

If you want advice on your draft application, email us before 1st July 2024 at [email protected]. You may use the offline form to submit a draft for feedback but you must use the online system to submit your final application to be considered. (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (Simplified)).

In 2024, Red Umbrella Fund will exceptionally accept applications in Chinese (simplified). Red Umbrella Fund 2024 年将接受以中文(简体)呈交的申请


其他有关申请表或流程的问题可通过 [email protected] 联系我们

如果你希望获得关于申请草案的建议,请在2024年7月1日前发邮件到 [email protected]。你可以通过脱机的表格提交草案以获取反馈。但是,你必须使用在线系统提交最终申请如果你想脱机工作,可以在 下载表格。

Work Offline

You may work offline, using these forms, but only applications submitted through the online system will be considered. To work offline, download the Application Form here: English, Spanish, FrenchRussian.

Remember that you must copy the content into our online application and submit it through the online system.

In 2024, Red Umbrella Fund will exceptionally accept applications in Chinese (simplified). Red Umbrella Fund 2024 年将接受以中文(简体)呈交的申请。如果你想脱机工作,可以在 下载表格。注意:你必须通过在线系统提交你最终的申请

Who Can Apply?

Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are: based in any country in the world; registered or unregistered; led by sex workers of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Our Criteria

If you wish to apply, your group, organisation or network must fulfill each of the following criteria:

  1. Be led by sex workers.
  2. Mission focused on sex work and on supporting sex workers’ rights.
  3. Strengthen the sex workers’ rights movement.
  4. Agree with all the values and operation principles of Red Umbrella Fund.

We do NOT fund:

  • Organisations that are not led by sex workers;
  • Organisations that seek to abolish or criminalise sex work;
  • Organisations exclusively providing social or medical services, income-generating activities or credit programmes;
  • Organisations founded by or structurally dependent on political parties, government agencies or religious institutions;
  • Organisations that are businesses or whose main strategy is making a profit;
  • Academic research;
  • Individual requests;
  • Organisations that have a project or programme with or for sex workers, while the organisation as a whole has a broader focus.

What Kind of Grants Do We Give?


Red Umbrella Fund provides flexible core funding to support the general coordination, functioning and strengthening of a group, organisation or network and its members. Core funding can be used to cover self identified needs of the grantee partner including registration costs, rent, salaries, advocacy, (peer led) capacity building, membership meetings, activities, etc. Our funding is flexible, therefore grantees can adjust their plans during the grant.


Red Umbrella Fund currently provides two-year grants of between €20.000 and €80.000 (up to €130.000 for regional networks). The average grant size has been about €40.000 for two years. Please be realistic in your request and do not automatically request the maximum amount.

More details and tips in the 2024 Application Guidelines.

Do you still have questions?

Check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.
You can also take a look at our presentation or instruction video on this. You can also contact us at: [email protected].

Resources for Funders

Our Resources include Publications & Tools as well as Funders, Networks, and Allied Organisations. Sex worker-led organisations that want to learn more about Red Umbrella Fund, sex workers’ rights, and participatory grant making begin here.