Donor: Rafto Foundation
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: Norway
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual
Deadline: 01.02.2023

Financial details

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


  • Human Rights

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, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, 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 Rafto Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the global promotion of human rights. The Professor Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for Human Rights (i.e. the Rafto Prize) has been awarded every year since 1987. The prize sheds light on human rights violations and gives recognition to human rights defenders who deserve the world’s attention. There are no geographical or issue constraints regarding the individuals or organisations that may receive the prize. Each year they award a person or an organisation who stand up for human rights and democracy. They encourage everyone with an interest in or knowledge of human rights to make a nomination for the Rafto Prize.

The Rafto Prize shall help to strengthen the influence of the Prize Laureates’ work on human rights, and the foundation shall facilitate network-building with other Rafto Prize Laureates and fellow human rights defenders. The Rafto Foundation shall increase its ability to influence the work of the business community and schools on human rights. It shall reinforce its work by developing partnerships and collaboration agreements with centres of expertise.

2) Eligibility

Anyone with an interest in and knowledge about human rights is welcome to nominate candidates.

3) Location

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

The Rafto Prize laureate receives a diploma and prize money of $20,000.

5) Application

Nominations can be submitted online by 1 February, 2023.

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