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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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(Un)precedented: Philanthropy Takes Action in the First Year of a New Political Reality

(Un)precedented: Philanthropy Takes Action in the First Year of a New Political Reality, prepared by TCC Group, explores the impact of the changing political landscape on philanthropy through interviews with 27 leaders of philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and funder collaboratives. As frontline partners for grantmakers, these entities function as close observers of trends across the sector,…


Sur International Journal on Human Rights

The objective of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas, is to influence the global human rights agenda by producing, fostering, and disseminating innovative research and ideas, primarily from the Global South, on human rights practice. The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, which Conectas collaborated on with the Fund for Global Human Rights, focuses on…


What is closing space grant-making?

How do we support civil society in a restrictive environment? Can civil society be supported to resist regressive laws and push back against closing space? Purposeful grant-making strategy can bring more success in dealing with the closing space trend. The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) has grouped strategies to support civil society into two…


Participatory Grantmaking: Has Its Time Come?

Has the time come for a broad swath of foundations, including national foundations like the Ford Foundation, to take on participatory approaches, including grant making? The Ford Foundation commissioned Cynthia Gibson, a long-time student and practitioner of participatory approaches—including one of the first national participatory grant making initiatives by the Case Foundation—to study foundations’ efforts.


Towards A New Ecology For The Human Rights Movement

In 2012, the Ford Foundation embarked on the Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide (SHRW) initiative, a five-year investment to strengthen and diversify the human rights movement by funding seven human rights groups from the Global South and seven International NGOs headquartered in the Global North. How successful was it and what are the key lessons for…


Funding Available for Human Rights Defenders

This study assesses the volume of funding available for Human Rights Defenders (organizations and individuals) and identifies trends. In recent years, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) have been facing increasing difficulties with the rise of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes, the arrival of populist nationalisms in western democracies, and the persistence of various conflicts. This context led…


Distract, Divide, Detach: Using Transparency and Accountability to Justify Regulation of CSOs

The global clampdown on civic space has gotten worse in recent years. One aspect of this is governments invoking transparency demands of civil society organizations (CSOs) that further restrict their ability to exercise their voice and carry out their work. How do governments justify regulation of CSOs through transparency and accountability? In what ways do…

Key Takeaways

Map –> Resist –> Support: 2017 Key Takeaways

From July 10-13, 2017, over 250 funders from 29 countries gathered in New York to map challenges, share concrete tactics to resist, and chart a new course for support. This report offers highlights of our 2017 convening and links to videos of selected sessions.

Photo Courtesy of: Fondo Semillas

Resources for Mexico Post-Earthquakes – Networks, Philanthropic Initiatives, and Tools

On October 18, 2017, the Human Rights Funders Network held a donor telebriefing in response to the two large earthquakes in September 2017 that deeply affected Mexico City and several states around central and southern Mexico. The briefing was co-sponsored with our Latin American Funders Working Group, Fondo Semillas, Global Fund for Children, and the…