Open Funding Grant Opportunities for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

(December 2018)

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day ‘#StandUp4HumanRights’, we have compiled a list of 15 open opportunities focused on Human Rights.

EMHRF’s Standard Grants Program: Supporting Human Rights Organizations & Defenders

Deadline: 20 January 2019

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation is seeking applications for its Standard Grants Program that aims at providing financial support to regional, national and local human rights NGOs and institutes as well as individuals, who promote, support, protect and monitor the observance of human rights in the South-Mediterranean region.

EMHRF is an independent regional foundation led by human rights defenders and experts in the affairs of the Arab region and acting for local human rights defenders, groups and NGOs from the region. The Foundation was established and registered as a Danish foundation in 2004 by Euro-Med Rights, a network comprising of more than 80 human rights organizations and defenders from the region, following a feasibility study that acknowledged the need for creating a flexible financial instrument to cover funding gaps for independent civil society actors.

The Foundation’s prime responsibility is to support human rights organizations and defenders in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Israel.

Funding Information

  • The amount of funding requested may not exceed EUR 40,000. It usually falls between EUR 5,000 and EUR 30,000.
  • The maximum duration of support is 12-18 months.


The main criteria to assess the eligibility of proposals received are:

  • Identity of the applicant
    • The grants are aimed at civil society actors, regardless of their gender, in consideration of their activities aimed at promoting and protecting universal rights and freedoms of third parties – acting individually or as part of a group – and using peaceful means.
    • All the individuals, groups or entities, who are identified by their commitment to improve the protection of all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as prescribed in, among others, International Human Rights Conventions, are eligible for support from the Foundation without any prerequisites other than the purpose and autonomous nature of their activities.
    • In the context of its support actions, specific attention is paid to groups considered to be especially vulnerable and in need of special assistance because of the scope of their action (isolated regions) or because of the nature of the rights they defend (minorities, marginalised youth and women, etc.).
  • Nature of the proposal
    • Proposals are assessed as eligible when they are dealing with fundamental rights and freedoms as they are universally affirmed, address protection needs, and innovative or sensitive issues at the local or national level and target marginalised and vulnerable persons.
    • The Foundation gives priority to cover the core costs of civil society actors, as they are fundamental to strengthen their operational capacities and to open sustainability prospects.
    • Necessity of the request
    • The applicant is facing risks or working within a difficult context, and no other donor has agreed to support the request (or it only receives occasional support for project but no core funding that would help sustaining its/his/her activity).
  • Approach of the applicant
    • The applicant collaborates with other civil society actors, and the performances and usefulness of the activities have been recognised by the communities served and by external partners.
    • A significant consideration will also be placed on innovative means, as alternatives to traditional activities, to reach out to the youths (cultural, artistic and media activities as examples).

How to Apply

Applicants should send their applications in a ‘word’ format via email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Israel.

For more information, please visit


  • Avatar Edwin Utazi says:

    Good, but my country Nigeria is not listed among. Actually I want to understand how to write this proposal.

  • Avatar Naseer masih anjum says:

    I send you application for human rights in pakistan.
    I running an ngo named
    Our organization work in pakistan minority rights.

  • Avatar Edwin Utazi says:

    Good. Pls send me format of writing acceptable proposal by organization.

  • Avatar Naseer masih anjum says:

    We apply for funding.
    Our organization work in pakistan for minority rights.
    Our organization named Pak Minority Rights Association.

  • Avatar Relief Human Rights Organization says:

    But due to good human rights Profile of our Organization you do not support the regional organization in Pakistan although we defend and promote the human rights in difficult circumstances of our conservative societies, yesterday celebrate the world human rights day in our office for creating awareness about universal declaration of human rights 1948???? what should be do to avail funding for Relief Human Rights Organization??

  • Avatar Oluyemi says:

    We do a lot protecting and representing indigent inmates in my organization based in Nigeria but we rarely get funded. What can we do

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Oluyemi,

      FundsforNGOs does not arrange funding nor do we guarantee funding success. Our objective is to increase the capacity of NGOs to raise funds by providing skills and knowledge. Our members use these resources to fundraise more efficiently.
      Please find some great opportunities for Nigeria by visiting

      Good luck!

  • Avatar SWAFIA says:



  • Avatar GILBERT EVANE says:

    Why is Tanzania not listed? We need to defend the rights of the Girl child from being circumcised. (FGM)

    I am a teacher in Musoma Tanzania where F.G.M has deepen its roots. girls are mutilated day and night mercilessly. Where are we to help?? It’s time to act. Save them save the world.

  • Avatar Kadri says:

    I want to send an application from jordan

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Kadri,

      You can apply for these opportunities if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Kadri says:

    I want to send an application from jordan eye on democracy organization

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Kadri,

      You can apply for these opportunity if you fulfill the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Janu Santos says:

    HI! Is the Timor Leste is possible for this fund? thank you

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Janu Santos,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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