Donor: Civicus
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: Switzerland
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 20.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Human Rights
  • Social Inclusion

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The CIVICUS Crisis Response Fund, established in 2007, serves as a mechanism for mobilizing quick, principled and effective advocacy responses to events that threaten civil society’s fundamental right to associate and assemble freely.

  • For advocacy grants: partners must demonstrate that proposed activities respond to an urgent threat to freedom of assembly and association (FoAA) and that partners included as beneficiaries of the project are at high risk in exercising their rights to these freedoms. Examples of activities include: Advocacy meetings and workshops to respond to restrictive laws governing FoAA and lobbying policymakers and key actors to amend restrictions; Conducting counter-narrative campaigns to respond to smear campaigns against civil society; Harnessing opportunities in multilateral fora, like the United Nations, to put pressure on governments to uphold FoAA.
  • For resiliency grants: partners must demonstrate that the proposed activities enhance the security and resiliency of the applying partners, who would be at imminent risk from their human rights work. Examples of activities include: Providing digital and physical security audits and trainings; Providing psychosocial interventions for civil society actors at risk; Preemptively creating a strategy to respond to the threat of restrictions on access to foreign funding for civil society.

2) Eligibility

The CRF welcomes applications from formal or informal civil society actors and consortia, including social movements.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

Grants must be for a 3-6 month period and include a budget of roughly US$10,000 for individual organizations; or US$20,000 for two or more co-applying organizations.

5) Application

The application includes four steps: First, read through our protocols and rules governing the grant. Secondly, take our short qualifying quiz to see if you are eligible to receive funding (responses are not recorded). Thirdly, download our application pack to prepare your submission. Lastly, submit your application via our online application portal. There are no deadlines.

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