06 Apr

Our 2022 Call for Applications will be open 17 June to 24 July!

Our 2022 Call for Applications will be open 17 June through 24 July 2022!

In the coming weeks we will be working to update and finalise our 2022 Applications and Guidelines so that they are available to download and work offline.

Our funding criteria and priorities remain the same, however our procedures have been updated to improve accessibility, security and safety of our applicants.

For security purposes we will only accept applications through our online system.

Question? Check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.
You can also take a look at our 2021 FAQ presentation or instruction video.
You can also contact us at: applications@redumbrellafund.org

Looking forward to this year’s applications supporting the Programme Advisory Committee as they make the 2022 grantmaking decisions!

04 Mar

Programme Advisory Committee Members Recruitment

Update: The 2022 ISC has approved the stipend schedule for the 2022 PAC meeting. All PAC members will be compensated on a sliding scale (€1250-1700) depending on how many applications each PAC member scores.

The deadline to apply has been extended – applications submitted before 9:00 am CET (Amsterdam) Tuesday 12 April will be considered.

About Red Umbrella Fund
Red Umbrella Fund is the first and only global fund by and for sex workers. We publish one Call for Applications each year. Since 2012, Red Umbrella Fund has made 247 grants to sex worker-led groups and networks representing a total of 6,586,000 EUR.

Who makes what decisions? 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 ISC about which new grants to make. Day-to-day work is done by a small Secretariat team of four staff.

What do PAC members do? PAC members read and score the applications and select which applications should be funded by Red Umbrella Fund. PAC members can stay on the PAC for up to 3 years.

Who are on the PAC? The PAC has up to 11 members, always with a large majority (at least 80%) of sex workers. Red Umbrella Fund wants a PAC that is diverse in terms of gender and geography.

Who can apply?
Red Umbrella Fund is looking for five sex workers or strong allies from somewhere in:

North America & non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean – with a preference for candidates from non-Spanish-speaking Caribbean

Europe and Central Asia – with a preference for candidates in Western Europe

Asia and the Pacific

Latin America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean

Anywhere in the world with a global understanding of the sex workers’ rights movement

Minimum requirements:
Language: able to read and discuss funding proposals in English.
Availability: able to commit 5-10 hours each week between August and October 2022 to review applications and to participate in PAC meetings .
Affiliation: be part of and/or endorsed by one sex worker-led group or network.
Internet & Laptop: regular access to email and stable internet connection.

PAC membership requires a high level of commitment. PAC members must be able to read about 5 to 10 proposals each week during the review period.
Exceptionally PAC Members will be compensated in 2022 as there will be no in-person meeting.
Positions for allies are limited on the PAC and relevant sex worker candidates will be prioritised.

What can you gain?
The PAC is an exciting and meaningful opportunity to contribute to Red Umbrella Fund’s grantmaking to sex worker groups around the world.
As PAC member you learn more about sex worker activism in different regions.
Many PAC members find the experience useful for their knowledge about philanthropy and activism.

How can you apply?
E-mail the completed self-nomination form together with a support letter to: info@redumbrellafund.org by 9:00 am CST (Amsterdam) Tuesday, 12 April 2022.

01 Jul

Application Q & A – 8 – 15 July

Application Q&A

Application Q&ARed Umbrella Fund will be available to answer questions about the application process on three dates in July:

English & Russian/РУССКИЙ (live translation/ прямой перевод) 8 July – 15:00 CEST/8 июля – 15:00 CEST Register: http://tiny.cc/RUFQA-EnRu UPDATE: Unfortunately Closed Captioning will not be live, we will work toward a transcript as soon as possible. We hope to do a better job integrating this accommodation in the future.

French/Français 12 July – 15:00 CEST Registre: http://tiny.cc/RUFQA-Fr

Spanish/Español 15 July – 17:00 CEST Registro: http://tiny.cc/RUFQA-Es

Registration closes 2 hours before each session. All sessions will be recorded!

Any additional questions can be submitted to applications@redumbrellafund.org.

30 Jul

Red Umbrella Fund Welcomes a New Coordinator

30 July 2020

Dear Community Members, Partners and Allies,

The International Steering Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF) is pleased to welcome Paul-Gilbert Colletaz as our new coordinator. As a sex worker and human rights advocate, Paul-Gilbert has been firmly rooted in the sex workers’ rights movement for many years.

The Red Umbrella Fund is the first and only global fund guided by and for sex workers. RUF aims to strengthen and sustain the sex workers’ rights movements through financial and non-financial support as well as through advocacy and communication efforts focused on catalysing new funding to support sex workers’ rights movements.

As a long-term organizational ally, Paul-Gilbert previously served as programme manager for the Global Network of Sex Workers (NSWP), programme coordinator for Solidarité Sida, and as civil society member on the International Steering Committee of the Robert Carr Network Fund. Paul-Gilbert’s commitment to self-representation and self-determination have been strengthened through his professional experiences as an advocate, building resilience and solidarity among sex workers across genders, race, sexualities, identity, experience and geographical borders.

Says Paul-Gilbert, “the sex workers’ rights movement has always brought out the fiercest forms of commitment and passion among so many people. At RUF I look forward to strengthening that legacy by being responsible, transparent, and accountable in our grantmaking and fundraising efforts for the greater realisation of our human rights”.

Paul-Gilbert succeeds RUF’s founding coordinator, Nadia Van Der Linde.  During her tenure, Nadia worked tirelessly to increase funding for sex workers globally. She and her team created platforms for sex workers themselves to elevate sex workers’ rights, made it possible for nascent and unregistered sex worker groups to access funds for the first time, shared RUF’s thoughtful participatory grantmaking approach and encouraged other funders to adopt similar models, and above all, always kept sex worker communities at the center of the work.

While there has been much progress, the worldwide political and financial threats facing sex workers are only intensifying and the need for more funding to build empowered, resilient, and active sex worker-led organisations and networks could not be more urgent. Together with the dedicated RUF staff, we are confident that Paul-Gilbert will strengthen our  programs and fundraising efforts to meet the ongoing challenges of our time. Paul-Gilbert will start on the 3rd of August working remotely from Paris for the remainder of the year. We thank you for your support and hope you will join us in warmly welcoming Paul-Gilbert to the team.

In Solidarity,

Tara Burns & Kay Thi Win
Co-Chairs of the RUF International Steering Committee (ISC)