Mama Cash: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Mama Cash focuses its funding on women’s groups that mobilize for the rights of all women, including society's most vulnerable women.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should not be deterred from applying to Mama Cash because of its location in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is an approachable funder that also supports organizations that find it difficult to raise grants from larger organizations.  

PROFILE: Based in Amsterdam, Mama Cash has been around since 1983. The idea for Mama Cash grew from a kitchen table conversation between its five women founders. They decided to establish an “[i]nternational grantmaking organization that supports women and girls around the globe in their fight for equal rights.” The organization's grant criteria awards funding to all women’s groups, including sexual and ethnic minorities, adolescent girls, trans people, indigenous women, low-income women, single mothers, women with disabilities, migrant women, sex workers, rural women, and women who work in both the formal and informal sectors.

The fund focuses its grantmaking on the following topics: Body grants are awarded to groups that advocating and fighting for “[b]odily integrity and autonomy”; Money support economic justice for women and girls; Voice grants support groups advocating “direct participation” of women’s groups in the “[s]tructures and systems responsible for their human rights; and the Women’s Funds program focuses on groups that are reshaping the “[p]hilanthropic landscape for feminist activists.”

Mama Cash prefers to give core or general operating support grants that range from $20,000 to $100,000. It also provides complex and detailed information regarding past grantees on its Who We Support page. Organizations with annual budgets below €200,000 are eligible to apply. Its application window is typically announced at the beginning of each year.


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