Embrey Family Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Embrey Family Foundation’s human rights grants focus heavily on women’s rights. Grants are awarded to U.S.-based NGOs working in countries around the world with long track records of pervasive human rights abuses.

IP TAKE: Embrey seems to be one of the more open-minded human rights funders out there, but grantseekers should still expect a decent amount of competition for funding dollars from existing grantees.

PROFILE: The Dallas-based Embrey Family Foundation was established in 2004 by the late J. Lindsay Embrey, who remains well-known for his generous support of local Texas communities. Embrey’s daughters Lauren and Gayle, who have backgrounds in filmmaking and the arts, now run the foundation. Given the sisters' backgrounds, the foundation has become a strong supporter of various film and arts projects, especially those located in Texas. Beyond the arts, Embrey also focuses on human rights, gender equity, racial equity and social justice.

Foundation-wide, Embrey grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Some grants fall between $100,000 to $500,000. Embrey’s human rights grants range from $10,000 to $25,000; however, the foundation has awarded large international rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, significantly larger grants from $175,000 to $300,000.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications; however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.


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