Frontline Defenders: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Frontline Defenders offers emergency grants to human rights defenders around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder does not typically award grants for 100 percent of grantseekers' proposed budget.

PROFILE: Established in 2001, Frontline Defenders was founded in Dublin, Ireland “with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk,” and “people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”  

Frontline’s Protection Grants provide emergency assistance for the protection of HRDs and their organizations. Grants support (but are not limited to) physical security, digital security, legal feels, medical fees, and providing assistance to families of HRDs. The maximum protection grant amount is €7,500, or just under $9,000.

Frontline accepts unsolicited grant applications through its encrypted online website. Applicants must detail the security risks they are facing, how funding would make a difference in their security, cost breakdowns, an outline of their organization, and expected results of funding. Applications may also be submitted via email at  or by regular mail at Frontline Defenders, Grattan House, Temple Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  

Applications may be submitted in Arabic, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Farsi, Portuguese and Chinese.


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