25 Inspiring Grants for Human Rights, Peace, Democracy, and Social Justice

As threats to human rights, peace, democracy and social justice continue to exist around the world, there is a growing number of grants to inspire NGOs and individuals working to address societal issues and problems. Here is a list of 25 such grants open for you to apply and benefit from:

EU Global Call for Proposals for Democracy and Human Rights
Under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) program 2018, the European Union is seeking proposals to support civil society in protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide…[more]

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Commonwealth Foundation Grants Programme supporting Projects that Strengthen Civic Voice
The Foundation works to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels of participatory governance which implies creative and constructive engagement between civil society and other governance stakeholders…[more]

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Sydney Peace Prize 2020
Australia’s only international prize for peace to inspire and empower people from all walks of life to make peace with justice a reality. The prize brings inspiring and exemplary stories of courage and dedication to global justice…[more]

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International Trans Fund
The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund made up of trans activists and donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing…[more]

Comic Relief’s “Power Up: Resourcing Women’s And Girls’ Movements for Change”
This grant program aims to support a diverse range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives…[more]

US State Department’s DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor is seeking applications for its “DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement” to protect the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet by promoting fundamental freedoms, human rights, and the free flow of information online…[more]

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Open Technology Fund’s Internet Freedom Fund
Internet Freedom Fund, a primary way to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access…[more]

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards
The Commonwealth Secretary-General is seeking nominations for “2019 Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards” which will celebrate outstanding innovators and innovations that are helping Commonwealth countries and their people achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…[more]

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Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund
The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute is inviting applications for its Social Justice Fund to support grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources…[more]

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants Programme
Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange…[more]

2020 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders around the World
Nominations are open for 2020 Martin Ennals Award that is an annual prize for human rights defenders. The Martin Ennals Award is intended for human rights defenders (HRD) who are defending the rights of others, while at risk…[more]

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Open Society Foundations’ Soros Equality Fellowship
Soros Equality Fellowship to support emerging mid-career professionals whom they believe will become long-term innovative leaders influencing racial justice…[more]

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International Peacemakers’ Fund
International Peacemakers’ Fund to provide financial support to grassroots initiatives that work towards peace and reconciliation in war torn communities around the globe…[more]

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International Bremen Peace Award 2019
The schwelle Foundation is inviting nominations for “International Bremen Peace Award” with an aim to honour people and organizations that set an example through their work contributing to reconciliation, human rights, overcoming of racism, social justice, sustainable handling of nature and environment as well as to intercultural and interreligious understanding…[more]

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award 2019
the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award to honor an individual or group of individuals who stand up to oppression at grave personal risk in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. The Award recognizes outstanding individuals and supports the work of the Laureate on an ongoing basis through strategic litigation, training and capacity building, and advocacy..[more]

Climate Justice Resilience Fund for Select Countries
The Climate Justice Resilience Fund is inviting applications to make grants for community-led, social justice approaches to climate change adaptation and resilience-building…[more]

Micro-Grants to Support Small-scale Activities in Europe
The EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation” (DISCO) is currently accepting applications for project proposals for the next cycle of the Programme…[more]

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Digitization and the Future of Work in the Global South
As part of the Future of Work in the Global South (FoWiGS) initiative, Centro Latam Digital and IDRC are launching a call for research proposals that seeks to advance our understanding about the implications of digitization and labor automation for countries in the Global South…[more]

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Online News Association’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program
Online News Association is inviting Applications for Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program which is a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation…[more]

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor: 13th Annual Photos and Videos Contest 2018
Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) is seeking applications for its 13th Annual Photos and Videos Contest 2018 which is looking for striking photographs and short videos that tell the story of how financial services empower poor people and communities in Africa…[more]

Grants of Human Rights Film Events
Movies that Matter is offering grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT film festivals and mobile cinema projects…[more]

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Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East
Institute of Institutional Education (IIE) is accepting nominations for its Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East, awarded annually, to recognize outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Arab and one Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East…[more]

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Renewing the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism
The European Union (EU) is seeking proposals for renewing the EU multifaceted human rights defenders mechanism led by a consortium of specialised organisations with worldwide coverage addressing the most difficult situations faced by human rights defenders…[more]

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Karl Kahane Foundation’s Grant Program in Select Countries
The Karl Kahane Foundation is accepting applications for its grant program to help people to create a dignified and peaceful living environment for themselves and their neighbors…[more]

Europeans for Peace for Promoting International Exchange Projects for Young People
The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (EVZ) is inviting applications for a program entitled “Europeans for Peace” which promote international exchange projects for young people from Germany and the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel…[more]

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Country-Specific Grants

Below is a list of country-specific grants for NGOs and individuals working in the field of human rights, peace, democracy, and social justice.

Argentina: PAS Buenos Aires Annual Program Statement

Australia2019 IMPACT Philanthropy Program

Bosnia and Herzegovina: US Embassy Democracy Commission Small Grants Program

Bulgaria: Supporting Long-Term Projects of Civil Society Organizations

Colombia: US Mission’s Public Affairs Small Grant Program

Croatia: Promoting Democratic Participation and Human Rights

India: Social Leadership Program for Young Indians

Mexico: Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in Prosecutors’ Offices

Nigeria: Casement Fellowship in Human Rights

South Africa: Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship Program

Sri Lanka: Advancing Citizens’ Participation, Government Accountability and Rights Protection

Turkey: US Embassy Public Affairs Grant Program

United Kingdom: Promoting Rights of Vulnerable Migrant Children and Young People

  • Avatar Abel Dominic Hetiru says:

    Am Abel Dominic Hetriu
    Executive Director for Civil Society human Rights Organization in South Sudan and is South Sudan Eligible for this fund thanks


    Hope For Humanity Africa (H4HA) is seeking for donors to fund its programs in South Sudan, but lacks funding.

    Hope for Humanity Africa is a charity, non-political, non-profit, non-religious organization created in 2012 and registered in 2018 with Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC) in the Republic of South Sudan. We are committed to supporting and promoting better living standards at household level through integrated emergency and development programmes in Research, Human rights, Democracy, Law Reform, rule of law and Environmental protection, Peace building and Conflict transformation.
    Our concept of development is based on addressing human rights as the root cause of poverty, building capacity of communities to become self-reliant and using emergency assistance as a bridge for sustainable communities in the long run. We strongly believe in the importance of adaptive and action research as the basis of intervention in Protection, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), Health, Education, Peace building and Conflict transformation.
    Hope for Humanity Africa mirrors to addressing contextual community challenges by delivering human rights interventions through creating proactive communities that derive solutions to their challenges on their own. But where communities are unable to defend themselves, the organization responds through the use of legal mechanisms provided under the African Union legal regime, the regional legal regime and international legal regime through strategic litigation to address these challenges.
    Vision statement
    Promote highest standards of human rights, without any form of discrimination and respecting the entire range of cultural diversity of the South Sudanese people.
    To protect and promote fundamental human rights, freedoms, establish democracy, good governance, law reforms and rule of law.
    The aims and objectives of the Organisation are: –
    a) To strengthen the unity of South Sudanese under the Rule of Law, consolidate existing efforts, develop new initiatives to create awareness, respect for the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights.
    b) To promote legal reforms and the harmonization of laws in the Republic of South Sudan.
    c) To establish, maintain relations, promote and foster relationships, co-operation, mutual support among the, Law Society and international organizations.
    d) To bring together Bar Council, Law Society and Lawyers throughout the country while respecting the diversity of legal and judicial systems and cultures.
    e) To support and defend the independence of Bar Council, Law Society, Lawyers, the Judiciary and Judges, in order to improve the administration of Justice, and foster the achievement of sustainable development in South Sudan.
    f) To develop and improve effective systems of legal aid and legal services to the public, promote, develop and advance the science of law and jurisprudence.
    g) To promote and protect gender equality and the participation of women lawyers and to advance women’s rights and social justice in Africa, and train organized forces on human rights and humanitarian law.
    h) To carryout peace and reconciliation programs among the South Sudanese Communities in order to instill the spirit of love and brotherhood amongst each other.
    i) To conduct Psychological counselling of those traumatized by the wars.
    j) To carryout awareness on HIV/ AIDS and support the victims of HIV/AIDs.
    k) To carry out a forestation and reforestation programs to fight the evils of climate change.
    l) To support the internally displaced and Refugees on livelihood in order to sustain and fight the evils of poverty.
    m) To promote and effect co-operation among all national and international organizations that have and maintain similar interests, aims and objectives, and to develop and carry out joint programs and projects with such organizations.
    Core Values
    The vision and mission of H4HA will be achieved through embracing the following core values:
    1. Professionalism
    We endeavor to always offer quality services with expertise and respect to just rule of law to our members, the government, the public and all other stakeholders.
    2. Integrity
    We undertake to always act morally and ethically. We will consistently demonstrate a high degree of probity in dealing with our stakeholders.
    3. Respect for Democracy and Good Governance
    H4HA, will endeavor to promote equality and good leadership in the administration of its operations, in elections and in dealing with all stakeholders.
    4. Equity
    H4HA will not discriminate against anyone in provision of its services.
    5. Commitment
    H4HA is committed to attaining its mandate and objectives, implementation of laws, collaboration with other organizations and advocacy.

    Hope for Humanity Africa primary stakeholders are the communities and our secondary stakeholders are Parliaments, police, army, prisons that we work closely with, civil society, community based organisations, the South Sudan Bar Association and donors.
    Hope for Humanity Africa head office is located in Juba city, South Sudan.
    We have an independent non-partisan advisory board of professionals who have varied experiences and professional training and competencies in law and humanitarian work that has been instrumental in our work. We have a competent team of skilled staff leading our country programmes in South Sudan.

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    UNESCO YouthMobile Seed-Grants to empower Girls with Digital Skills during Africa Code Week 2019

    USAID-Kampala: Uganda Biodiversity for Resilience Activity Program

    ACTION Call for Proposals to Support New and Ongoing Citizen Science Projects

    Call for Proposal for Ensuring Sustainable Democratic Governance and Human Rights in Southern Mediterranean

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    DMTFYP Central Grants Programme assiting Disadvantaged Young People in UK and Ireland

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    Small Grants for Interreligious Projects in the Central African Republic

    Calling Serbian CSOs to Prevent and Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings

    2020 Open World Grant Program to Bring Emerging Leaders

    EU seeking Proposals for Promotion of Fundamental Rights: Abolition of the Death Penalty in Japan

    Indonesia-The Netherlands Call for Proposals on Renewable Energy

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    Nomination now Open for Australia Council Awards 2020

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