Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights largely focuses its grantmaking activities on supporting NGOs working in women’s and transgender rights.

IP TAKE: UAF’s largely focuses on women’s and transgender rights around the world. However, it does not ignore issues that intersect other areas of thematic focus, such as sexual and reproductive health rights, environmental justice, sex-worker rights, and LGBTQ rights.

PROFILE: Ariane Burnet, Margaret (Mudge) Schink, and Julie Shaw cofounded the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) in 1997. UAF supports organizations that “protect, strengthen, and sustain women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments,” through its grantmaking programs.

UAF’s rapid response program awards emergency grants to women’s and transgender rights groups in Asia, the Middle East, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and North America. UAF typically responds to grant requests within 72 hours and gets funds to its grantees within one to seven days. The fund limits rapid response grants to $5,000.

UAF’s evacuation grants program is a subprogram of its rapid response efforts. This subprogram supports women activists that face extreme threats to their security and helps them to evacuate.

UAF’s advocacy and alliance building supports organizations that “bring together grassroots activists, feminists, women’s human rights defenders, academics and policy-makers to design the best strategic response” to specific human rights issues and policies. Current initiatives through this giving platform include impacts of counterterrorism, women, peace and policy, defending the defenders, and sustaining activism projects. 

Finally, UAF’s global consortium refers to its Sister Funds grantmaking out of its three autonomous organizations: UAF Africa, UAF Latin America, and UAF Asia. To learn more about the types of organizations UAF supports, explore its grantees page.


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