Mama Cash in the Netherlands invites applications for the Mama Cash’s 2018 grantmaking, which provides funding and accompaniment support to courageous and inspiring feminist activists worldwide in 2018.
They make grants to groups and movements that have the conviction and tenacity to speak out, tell their stories and demand justice, no matter the obstacles. They are building the power and strength of the international women’s funding movement by supporting sister women’s funds worldwide.
Mama Cash is committed to providing better funding. That means flexible, core and longer-term funding that enables groups to plan ahead, and respond to new challenges and opportunities. They believe in the wisdom of the groups we support. They respect their knowledge, understanding and assessment of their own situation. They give them the space to use their money as they see fit.
Worth of Award
- Mama Cash offers core support grants, which can also include support for specific programmes, projects, or initiatives.
- Mama Cash gives both single-year and multi-year grants. Each multi-year grant period runs for a maximum of two years. Do note that for an organisation or initiative she has not supported before, Mama Cash always starts with a single-year grant.
- Mama Cash’s grant size ranges from €5.000 to €50.000 per year. Her average grant size is between €20.000 and €30.000 per year.
- Mama Cash is open to supporting informal, unregistered groups of activists, or networks, or coalitions of organisations.
- 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.
- Are self-led by the women, girls, trans people and/or intersex 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.
- Have the promotion of women’s, girls’, trans people and/or intersex 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.
- 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.
- 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.
How to Apply
Apply online via their website. Please see link below.
Deadline: applications close 17 April 2018