Digital Defenders Partnership: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Digital Defenders Partnership only provides grants to journalists and bloggers who face an urgent digital emergency” due to their online activities.

IP TAKE: This funder does not support projects concerning general internet freedom policy, and general digital security training.

PROFILE: The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was formed in 2012 by the Freedom Online Coalition to “advance internet freedom and to keep the internet open and free from emerging threats, specifically in internet repressive and transitional environments.” DDP currently operates through the international NGO, Hivos International.

DDPs Incidental Emergency grants program offers financial emergency assistance to bloggers, cyber activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society activists. Grantees may use DDPs emergency funding for a diverse set of projects and activities ranging from finding legal representation to digital security audits. While the partnership does not list its grantees by name for safety concerns, it offers a list of projects it has supported in the past.

DDP awards Incidental Emergency grants for up to €10,000 for a period not to exceed four months. The grantmaking process takes up to two weeks maximum. While grantseekers from across the globe may apply for an Incidental Emergency grant, they are not eligible for support if their projects do not focus on internet repressive contexts.

The Digital Defenders partnership also offers two other grantmaking programs, which are not accepting applications or requests for funding at this time. The Sustainable Emergency grants program only supports projects in internet repressive and transitional countries. Grants range from €10,000 to €50,000. DDPs Capacity Building grant program supports NGOs, media organizations, and human rights defenders. Grants range from €20,000 to €250,000. This program is expected to run through the end of 2019.


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