Channel Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: This foundation dedicates itself to empowering women and girls to break down social and economic barriers. 

IP TAKE: Channel is a smaller organization in the international human rights funding field. It strictly focuses on women’s rights and supports a number of initiatives in this funding space.

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Channel Foundation originally dedicated itself to international organizations working in the fields of poverty and gender equity, biodiversity conservation, protection of indigenous people's land rights and human rights, sustainable economic development, and human rights. In 2006 the foundation shifted its focus to exclusively support women and girls in the global human rights space. Its grantmaking focuses on the following programs: Advancing Indigenous Women's Rights and Leadership, Ensuring Women's Participation in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Eradicating Legal Inequality, Ending Violence Against Women and Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders, Amplifying Gender Equality in the Media, Promoting the Rights of Women with Disabilities, Strengthening the Women’s Funding Movement, Securing Reproductive Rights/Justice and Women's Leadership and Human Rights Institutes.

The foundation implements a global strategy foundation-wide, and although it does not have a specific geographic region of focus, it pays particular attention to increasing the dialogue “[b]etween activists, educators, and community leaders from the Global South.” Beyond this focus, Channel seeks catalytic women’s human rights organizations that work at the international, national and regional levels. 

The foundation's grants range from $20,000 to $25,000; however, a few grants range from $10,000 to $15,000. To learn about the types of organizations Channel supports, examine its grants awarded page. The foundation accepts proposals by invitation only, and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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