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Resources for Grantseekers

Human Rights Funders Network does not provide grants and we are not able to connect organizations to specific funders.

We know that it can be challenging to raise funds and that human rights activists undertake difficult and sometimes dangerous work.

We hope grantseekers find these resources helpful.

Advancing Human Rights Research Hub
Part of Human Rights Funders Network and Candid’s
Advancing Human Rights research, this interactive site shows top funders and provides an overview of grantmaking by region, issue, population, and strategy.

Digital First Aid Kit

A self-assessment guide for digital emergencies developed by Hivos, Digital Defenders Partnership, EFF, Global Voices, Front Line Defenders, Internews, Freedom House, Access, Qurium, CIRCL, IWPR and Open Technology Fund.

Directory of Emergency and Rapid Response Grants

Information on funders who make emergency and rapid response grants, primarily for human rights defenders. HRFN’s Human Rights Defenders Working Group compiled this guide.

Directory of Rest and Respite Resources

Information on organizations that can provide temporary shelter, wellbeing support and other forms of assistance to human rights defenders.

Foundation Center

Discover what funders are most likely to support, learn about their interests and perspectives, and gain the knowledge you need to find additional resources.


An online resource that includes listings of the latest grant funding opportunities for NGOs and individuals.


An online platform that enables NGOs anywhere in the world to raise funds for their projects. GlobalGiving provides fundraising training and support and may offer to match the funds you raise through the site. Please use reference code HRFN2017 when applying online.

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Repensar el espacio cívico en tiempos de crisis interseccionales: un informe para financiadorxs

Este documento resume los hallazgos clave de la revisión estratégica de Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) para el año 2019, con la que se buscó elaborar un marco estratégico a través del cual lxs financiadorxs independientes pudieran responder más efectivamente al fenómeno de cerrar el espacio cívico a través de intervenciones colaborativas y dirigidas….


Rethinking civic space in an age of intersectional crises

This new paper from the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) shares ‘futures thinking’ about climate, technological change, and preliminary thoughts on the Covid-19 crisis. The 2020s will be a decade of transition – how will these changes impact civic space and how should funders respond? This is the first of a series of recommendations…

Key Takeaways

Reflecting on Communicating Human Rights and Social Change

James Savage of the Fund for Global Human Rights, Julie Broome of Ariadne and Andrew Maisel of Open Society Foundations joined consultant Winifred Olliff of Human Rights Funders Network for a conversation to reflect on HRFN and Ariadne’s recent Webinar series Communicating Human Rights and Social Change: A Dialogue Series Among Funders initiated by the…


Advancing Human Rights: 2016 Key Findings (Published in 2019)

Our latest Advancing Human Rights report captures foundation funding for 2016. In 2016, 785 funders based in 43 countries made 23,016 grants to address the root causes of injustice and inequality and promote structural change. The report analyzes their grantmaking by region, issue, population, and funding strategy.


Making a way forward: Community Organizing and the Future of Democracy in Europe

In 2018, Ariadne and the European Community Organising Network started a dialogue between social change and human rights funders and those advocating for an enabling ecosystem for community organizing in Europe. Now, the two networks have published a joint study that presents funders’ insights on the role that community organizing can play for protecting liberal…


Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments

The Social Change Initiative (SCI) has written a guide available in English and Arabic, entitled “Funding in Conflict-Affected Environments” that is designed to answer the question – how can independent philanthropy fund activities and initiatives in conflict-affected areas in order to promote and support peacebuilding? Evidence shows that grant-making Trusts and Foundations do make a…


More than the Sum of its Parts: Insights on the Future of European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure

Commissioned by the European Philanthropy and Social Investment Infrastructure (EPSII), the following report brings together key findings concerning the present and future directions of EPSII organizations and activities based on 51 interviews and 100 literature resources. It brings together key findings concerning the present and future directions of EPSII organizations and activities and is a helpful resource…


Preventing and responding to sexual harassment: Funders’ practices and challenges

Ariadne Network’s new report offers funders practical measures to prevent and address sexual harassment – an experience many women (and men) are forced to confront and deal with at some point in their lives. While it has often remained hidden and not discussed, especially in the workplace, the #metoo campaign has surfaced a more active discussion…