Applications open for Mama Cash Fund
Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world and supports women’s rights initiatives around the globe that challenge the root causes of injustice. Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans* people.
How to apply to Mama Cash if you are not a current grantee-partner:
Mama Cash will receive Letters of Interest from applicants who are not current grantee-partners from 1 April – 31 May 2016.
Groups that apply during this grantmaking window will receive a response from Mama Cash by 30 June 2016.
We advise groups wishing to apply to consider the Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities (http://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant/womens-girls-and-trans-groups/what-we-do-and-what-we-do-not-fund/).
View Mama Cash’s priorities here: http://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant/womens-girls-and-trans-groups/our-priorities-and-themes/
The Letter of Interest format is available here: http://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant/womens-girls-and-trans-groups/do-you-meet-mama-cashs-criteria/
Mama Cash is a fund with limited resources. More groups apply for funding than we can fund. In 2014, we received over 750 funding requests of which we could approve 19 to new grantee-partners in our portfolios of Body, Money and Voice. In 2015, most of our grantmaking budget was spent on renewing our commitments to the groups we granted in previous years, and we also supported a number of movement building convenings around the world.
Because we have limited resources, we have to make difficult decisions on which groups we can support. The Mama Cash selection criteria and priorities lead our decision-making process. For 2016, we expect to approve grants to approximately 20 new groups, in addition to the planned renewal grants to current grantee-partners.
The application window is not relevant for current grantee-partners wishing to apply for renewal during the course of 2016.
WHAT WE DO AND DO NOT FUND
Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:
1.Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective
Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country. Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.
2. Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people they serve
Example: If a group is working on trans* rights, it should be trans* people deciding about the groups’ policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans*, as well as those being paid. Non-trans* or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.
3. Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes
Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.
4. Push for structural and fundamental change
Example: An Indigenous women’s group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can’t or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.
5. Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested
Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.
Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:
Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros
Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through our Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)
B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?
Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.
Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and we support groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).
For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:
- Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
- Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
- Labour rights of women and trans* people in sex, domestic or industrial work
- Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
- Sexual rights of women, girls and trans* persons living with disabilities
- Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
- Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons from ethnic or religious minorities
This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet our criteria.