In 2001, Front Line Defenders launched its Protection Grants programme to provide timely and efficient financial assistance to human rights defenders at risk. Protection Grants can pay for provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organisations, including, but not limited to: (1) improving physical security of an organisation or individual, digital security and communication security; (2) supporting legal fees for HRDs (Human Rights Defenders) who are being judicially harassed; (3) paying for medical fees for HRDs who have been attacked or who have suffered a medical condition as a result of their peaceful human rights activities; and (4) providing family assistance for imprisoned HRDs or family members who are at risk because of a HRD’s activities.
Front Line Defenders does not provide funding for: (1) retrospective funding; (2) international organisations; (3) organisations that have applied or are already receiving funding for the same purpose elsewhere; (4) projects which focus on broader human rights issues rather than the specific situation of human rights defenders; (5) costs for human rights defenders who are already in exile; (6) ongoing office running costs such as salaries and rent; (7) armed security guards; and (8) purchase of vehicles.
Eligible are HRDs.
They fund HRDs anywhere in the world.
Front Line Defenders Protection Grants can pay for organisational and personal provisions to improve the security and protection of human rights defenders and their organisations. Grants are for amounts up to a maximum of €7,500. Protection Grants are generally not awarded for 100% of the proposed budget.
Applications can be submitted anytime via their online system on their website. After submitting an application, an organisation is likely to be contacted by a member of Front Line Defenders staff with questions to clarify the application. Lobbying in support of applications is not encouraged. All applicants will receive a written response whether or not their application is successful. Groups of individual human rights defenders receiving grants are required to submit a short written report, and include copies of all original receipts, on completion of their project.