Apply for Mama Cash 2016 Grants: Supporting Initiatives Led by Women!

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Deadline: 31 May 2016

Applications are open for Mama Cash 2016 Grants that support ambitious feminist and women’s rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans people.

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The Mama Cash was the first international women’s fund in the world and is still alive and kicking. For 2016, Mama Cash expects to approve grants to approximately 20 new groups, in addition to the planned renewal grants to current grantee-partners.

Focus Areas

Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

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  • Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective
  • Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans people they serve
  • 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
  • Push for structural and fundamental change
  • Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested


  • Body
    • Reproductive justice
    • Changing sex, sexuality and gender norms
    • Reframing and ending violence
  • Money (economic justice)
    • Labour rights
    • Environmental justice
  • Voice
    • Accessing and Redistributing Power – Political Participation
    • Shifting Stereotypes through Arts and Media

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants include groups, organisations, networks and other women’s funds. They are led by and work for 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 workers in both formal and informal sectors.
  • Applicants must be based outside of the United States or Canada.
  • Grant seeking organization must have annual operating budgets below EUR200,000.
  • Applicant organization or initiatives must have their primary mission to promote the women’s, girls’ and/or trans people’s human rights.
  • Individuals or businesses are not eligible to apply for Mama Cash Grants.
  • Applicants must work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective; self-led by women, girls and/or trans people they serve.
  • Applicants must push for structural and fundamental change and be connected to other organizations in women’s rights and/or other social justice movements.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply for grants by filling up the Letter of Interest form available on the given website.

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  1. Avatar DR chuks c johnson says

    farmers and traders welfare association rivers state Nigeria, need 3milion dollars to empower 4000 women who are farmers in niger delta region, our mission is building sustainable agricultural development, how can we get a donor? Dr chuks c johnson

  2. Avatar Mahalakshmi Rajagopal says

    I am Mahalakshmi I run a Charitable Trust in Delhi . I am specifically working in the area of invisible disabilities in children in mainstream schools that is unaddressed in India. I also run training programmes on therapeutic counseling and school counseling. All my stakeholders are predominantly women and girls. Pl guide how I may apply .

    • Avatar Deepika Singh says

      Hi Mahalakshmi,

      We appreciate the work you are doing for children. Please review the eligibility criteria carefully and proceed with your application by visiting the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  3. Avatar Grace Masiye Nkhoma says

    My name is Grace Masiye Nkhoma. I’m 52 years old, zambian and resident in Lusaka. I run a registered for children offering Pre and Primary Education to the less priviledged in our community since 2005. Despite our challenges, which are numerous, we have managed to produce 100% results at national composite exams. The satisfaction we get from this achievement drives us to keep the school running. We have a Team of Americans who render tuition support to the most vulnerable in our school from Faith Fellowship. Every 3 years they travel to check on how we are doing, and offer on the ground support. Our main challenge at this time is to secure a building for the school. All along we have used rented premises and this has been stiffening. Our efforts to get a lon from finacial institutions has failed as the school cannot meet the collatoral reuirements. The future looks quite threatening without our own infrustracture. We wish to aqcuire a building near us, but are contrained. We would appreciate to receive help even it is a one off support. Our partnets in the States can contacted concerning the support we get, and should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will appreciate to hear from you,