Mama Cash has launched a call for applications for the Spark Portfolio grants 2020 to support up-and-coming feminist activism in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and the SSS islands with these small grants.
These grants, from Mama Cash’s Spark Portfolio, are intended to strengthen the bold work of marginalized communities in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao or the SSS islands working on the rights of women, girls, trans and intersex people.
- The grants range from €500 to €2000 per project.
Through the Spark Portfolio, They support groups or projects that:
- Are led by women, girls, trans people, and intersex people. Those whose rights are concerned are the decision-makers in the project.
- Example: If a group is working on trans rights, trans people should be the ones deciding upon the group’s activities and how the group’s money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group, as well as those being paid, should be trans people. Non- trans people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.
- Work from a feminist and/or a women’s, girls, trans or intersex rights perspective.
- Example: A proposal for a project to work women and housing issues puts the experiences of women at the core of its work. The group identifies the specific barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. both urban and rural) in accessing housing. The experiences of women and the issues they face are at the core of the project, rather than being included as just one of its many elements, and the proposed solutions reflect this perspective.
- Work on urgent and contested political issues in the Netherlands, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao or the SSS islands.
- Example: A group of Muslim women organize for their rights and try to make their concerns heard in an environment where wearing a hijab, niqab, or similar covering is contested by both state bodies and members of the public.
- Work on structural and systemic change.
- Example: A migrant women’s group provides shelter services to other migrant women in order to respond to their immediate needs. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other migrant women they do not or cannot reach will also benefit in the longer term.
Spark Portfolio will prioritize:
- Non-formalized/non-registered, nascent groups that have a budget below €30,000 per year, and that have limited resources (e.g. no paid staff, no office space, etc.)
For more information, visit https://www.mamacash.org/en/apply-for-a-spark-grant