Mama Cash: Grants for Girls and Women

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: This funder often supports small organizations and those that are not formally registered. 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 international grantmaking organization that supports women and girls around the globe in their fight for equal rights.” The organization's wide grant criteria embrace a multitude of 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 four topics:

  • Body: Grants are awarded to groups that advocating and fighting for “bodily integrity and autonomy.”
  • Money: Economic justice for women and girls dominates this program. 
  • Voice: Mama Cash supports groups advocating “direct participation” of women’s groups in the “structures and systems responsible for their human rights.”
  • Women’s Funds: This grantmaking focuses on groups that are reshaping the “philanthropic landscape for feminist activists.”

Mama Cash typically awards general operating support grants rather than project-specific grants. Amounts typically range from $20,000 to $100,000. Past grantees include the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Malawi Human Rights for Women and Girls with Disabilities, and the Palaung Women’s Organization. To learn more about the fund’s grantees, explore the foundation’s Who We Support page.

Organizations with annual budgets below €200,000 are eligible to apply for a Mama Cash grant. The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry once per year and announces its submission deadlines toward the beginning of the year.

PEOPLE:

  • Zohra Moosa, Executive Director
  • Amanda Gigler, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Communications
  • Happy Mwende Kinyili, Director of Programs

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