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Funding opportunities for human rights defender (HRD) or activist

Funding opportunities for human rights defender (HRD) or activist

Are you a human rights defender (HRD) or activist looking for urgent protection or rapid response funding? Here are some grants you could apply for – all of them are rolling (no deadline). Please share with your networks & if you know of any others add them in the comments.

CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund welcomes applications from formal or informal civil society actors & consortia, including social movements. Grants must be for a 3-6 month period. Amount: US$10,000 – US$20,000 for Advocacy Grants or Resiliency Grants.

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund offers Emergency Assistance,  Advocacy Grants & Resiliency Grants to CSOs under threat or who are responding to broader threats against civic space. Lifeline supports a variety of human rights CSOs, including human rights organizations, journalist associations, student groups, labor unions, think tanks, and others.

Front Line Defenders offers Protection Grants to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders & their orgs including medical, legal, physical/digital security, and family assistance. Amount: Max. €7,500.

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund provides rapid, flexible funding and direct logistical support to women HRDs from/working in crisis and conflict-affected areas, working at community, national, regional or international levels. For individuals they have an Advocacy Support Stream and a Safety Net Stream. supports organisations, human rights groups, or communitues defending rights through small grants to develop innovative projects, strengthen your capacities, or to ensure your financial survival. Apply for grants for emergency support, temporary relocation, and human rights groups.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Rapid Response Grants offer quick, flexible funding to respond to security threats or unexpected advocacy opportunities experienced by women, transgender, or gender non-conforming, activists and HRDs. Max. $8,000 for up to 3 months.

Dignity for All LGBTI Assistance Program provides human rights defenders and civil society organizations, who are facing threats due to LGBTQI+ human rights work, with small, short-term emergency financial support to address urgent needs. Send application inquiries to


Source:  Victoria F