The Red Umbrella Fund made 30 new grants in 2019! This is more grants than we ever made before in one year. We welcomed 19 new grantee partners and continue to supporting 21 other sex worker-led groups and networks that we have funded before. You can view the complete list of grants here: https://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantees/
All new grants were selected by our Program Advisory Committee (PAC), which reviewed over 100 applications eligible applications from across the world. The PAC is comprised of eleven sex worker rights activists from different geographic regions and is at least 80% current/former sex workers. For three months they volunteered countless hours to review applications and select the final grantee-partners.
We thank our 2019 PAC for their expertise and efforts to ensure Red Umbrella Fund is self-determined by the global sex worker community. They had to make extremely difficult decisions as the funds available were in no way sufficient to match the needs of the applications received.
At the moment the International Steering Committee (ISC) is meeting to reflect on the 2019 developments and achievements, and determine the new strategic plan and set the new priorities for the coming year.