Tiet Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Tiet Foundation awards grants to organizations that address social and economic inequalities, and fight for the rights of vulnerable populations.

IP TAKE: This funder does not make large grants to rights groups; however, it welcomes grassroots organizations who seek to establish a foothold in the global human rights space.

PROFILE: Based in Georgia, the Tiet Foundation is a private foundation funded entirely by its board members. The foundation, though relatively new, seeks to “support ideas that are high-impact and low-cost,” to the “world’s toughest problems—in particular, social injustices” in order to show that it is possible to effect serious change through limited resources. 

The foundation offers grants capped at $5,000 and spread over two installments suggesting that it prioritizes grant proposals that make the most efficient use of each grant dollar. At Tiet, the definition of a vulnerable or marginalized group can include any group, including the elderly, women and refugees. The foundation's funding is also open to any geographic region. Grantee organizations may be located in either the United States or abroad, and uniquely, do not have to be classified as a 501 (c)(3) to be eligible for funding; however, Tiet does require additional documentation for organizations that do not have this IRS code designation.

The foundation announces upcoming grant cycles throughout the year, so grant seekers are advised to read the website often for changes in application deadlines.