Grants & Fellowships

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Association and Assembly Rights in Africa using the Guidelines on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa  

 ICNL is pleased to invite proposals to support pilot national initiatives as part of its “Strengthening Association and Assembly Rights in Africa through the ACHPR Guidelines” program. ICNL aims to support innovative and impactful action by civil society organizations on the African continent to use the Guidelines to promote and protect the fundamental rights of association and assembly in Africa, and to expand space or navigate restrictions. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants and technical assistance as needed. For more information and application instructions, click here.

Call for Proposals: Promoting Civic Space through Advocacy and Media Capacity in Tanzania  

ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for small grants as part of its “Promoting Civic Space in Tanzania” program. Through this program, ICNL aims to support engagement and innovative information exchange and advocacy by civil society organizations to promote and protect the fundamental rights of association, assembly and expression and expand operating space at the local, national or regional levels in Tanzania. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants to support innovative, impactful projects and provide technical assistance to grantees as needed. Proposals from community-based organizations are especially encouraged. For more information and application instructions, click here.

Research Fellowship Announcement: Legal Framework for Civil Society in India

ICNL is pleased to announce the availability of new research fellowships for 1-2 young scholars and/or civil society practitioners from India. The fellowships will provide the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC for up to 4 weeks during late summer/fall 2019 to conduct research of direct relevance to the legal challenges faced by civil society in India in ICNL’s DC office.  For more information and application instructions, click here.

 

Call for Applications: Social Enterprise Initiative for Georgia Grants

ICNL is pleased to announce a Social Enterprise Initiative for Georgia to support reforms efforts to improve legal environment for financial sustainability of civil society and for social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Initiative for Georgia will provide one grant to support the advocacy improve legal environment for financial sustainability of civil society and for social enterprise. ICNL will issue one grant, with the total amount of no more than $100,000. The expected duration of the activity funded by the grant shall not exceed 18 months. ICNL reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted. For more information and application instructions, click here.   

 

Call for Proposals: Strengthening the Implementation of the NGO Law in Rwanda

ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for subgrants as part of its “Strengthening the Implementation of the NGO Law in Rwanda” program. Through this program, ICNL aims to support engagement and innovative information exchange amongst civil society, government and other stakeholders regarding the NGO Law and its implementing regulations in compliance with international law and best practices, so that NGOs enjoy the benefits of an enabling legal framework and operating environment. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide subgrants to support innovative projects related to improvement of the legal environment, and provide technical assistance to grantees as needed. For more information and application instructions, click here. The application coversheet may be downloaded here.

 

Lifeline: The Embattled CSO Assistance Fund

ICNL is part of the civil society consortium led by Freedom House implementing Lifeline: the Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.  This fund, which is supported by 18 governments and two foundations, provides support to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack.  There are three categories of Lifeline assistance:

(1)   Through Freedom House and Front Line Defenders, Lifeline provides small, short-term emergency grants to CSOs threatened because of their human rights work. Emergency grants can address security, medical expenses, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, equipment replacement, and other urgently needed expenses. ICNL will receive and forward request for emergency grants to Freedom House and Front Line Defenders.

(2)   Lifeline rapid response advocacy grants give local CSOs the resources to push back against closures of civic space as they arise. Lifeline advocacy grants are highly flexible, and can support a wide variety of activities, such as community mobilization, policy and legal analysis, civil society coalition building, strategic litigation, awareness raising campaigns, and advocacy capacity building. ICNL issues advocacy grants to help CSOs push back against legal threats to the freedoms of association and/or assembly, as well as other civic space related threats.

(3)   Lifeline resiliency grants are meant to provide support to CSOs at high-risk to avoid or mitigate the threats they face.  Resiliency grant activities may include developing, expanding, and/or bolstering protection networks and local support mechanisms; mapping and/or coordinating civil society access to pro-bono services and support; implementing joint protection strategies, contingency plans, and/or protocols; sharing protection and resiliency strategies nationally, regionally and/or internationally; supporting disrupted CSOs to safely reestablish and reorient their work; boosting at-risk CSO capacity to conduct organizational risk assessments; or providing protection training or legal technical assistance.

Applications for advocacy support and resiliency support are accepted on a rolling basis. 

For more information, please contact Lifeline@icnl.org.