Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mama Cash Grants

Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women's rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women and girls.

Mama Cash also supports the human rights movements of trans people. We welcome applications from trans organisations that fulfill our eligibility criteria, regardless of the gender-identity of their members and leadership.

The Support we give:
  1. Mama Cash offers both general support and support for specific programmes, projects, or initiatives. However, we encourage groups to apply for general support.
  2. Mama Cash gives both single-year and multi-year grants. Each multi-year grant period runs for a maximum of three years.
  3. Each organisation or network may have only one grant per twelve-month period.
  4. We most often offer grants ranging in size from €5.000 to €50.000 per year.
What we fund:
Mama Cash supports organisations and initiatives that: 
  • Are not-for-profit organisations, or informal groups of activists, networks, or coalitions
  • Have as their primary mission the promotion of women and/or girls’ rights
  • Are led by women and/or girls
  • Include in their leadership positions the women and/or girls they serve
  • Work on issues directly related to one or more of Mama Cash’s themes: body, money, and voice
  • Work from within a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective
  • Want to grow in influence, power, or scale
  • Are based and working in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, or across multiple regions in the Global South and East
  • Push for structural and fundamental change, and not only for improving the lives of individual women or girls
  • Have a long-term strategy for achieving their vision and mission
  • Have politics and practices that are inclusive and foster alliances with women and girls at the margins of societies and movements
  • Understand their strengths and weaknesses and want to strengthen their capacities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to collaborating with others in women’s rights movements and other social justice movements
Mama Cash does not fund: 
  • Organisations whose mission and primary focus are not the promotion of women or girls’ human rights
  • Organisations led by men
  • Organisations based in the United States and Canada
  • Organisations based in the Global North that are leading partnerships with organisations based in the Global South and East
  • Organisations whose primary focus is development work, humanitarian assistance, poverty alleviation, or basic charity, such as:
    • income-generating activities and credit programmes
    • formal education, literacy programmes and traditional skills training
    • providing social services or regular medical care
  • Organisations founded by, or structurally or economically dependent on, political parties government agencies, or religious institutions
  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Academic research
  • Scholarships
  • Stand-alone travel grants. Costs for travel can, however, be part of broader applications.
Our priorities:

Priority 1
Mama Cash makes grants to organisations and initiatives working at the crossroads of the themes of body, money, voice.
Priority 2
We believe that lasting change happens for everyone when women and girls who have been most severely discriminated against are enabled to take and make opportunities to gain power over their lives.

For this reason, our grantmaking prioritizes organisations, movements and networks initiated and led by those such as:
  • lesbians, bisexual women and trans people
  • adolescent girls and young women
  • women living with HIV/AIDS
  • indigenous women
  • migrant, refugee, displaced, and undocumented women
  • sex workers
  • economically disadvantaged women
  • older women
  • women from ethnic or religious minorities
  • women with disabilities
  • refugee and internally displaced women, and other groups that have faced the most severe discrimination
Information regarding application details can be found at; Mama Cash Grants Website

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