Donor: US Department of State
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: SFOP0008499
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 01.03.2022

Financial details

Grant size: Large - more than $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

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


1) Objective

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for a project that supports creating an enabling and inclusive environment where citizens can advocate for human rights and democratic governance. The program should provide short-term emergency financial assistance to allow individuals and groups (‘advocates’) who are not traditional human rights defenders by profession but are defending human rights at great risk to their personal safety, especially when advocating for transparency and/or exposing corruption or abuses of power. Potential beneficiaries may include but are not limited to: academics, whistleblowers, public officials, members of the police/military, and witnesses for key human- rights related legal cases.

Applications should demonstrate global reach and extensive existing networks on local, regional, and international levels, both to assist and support disbursal of funds and for connecting potential program beneficiaries where appropriate. Applications should demonstrate the ability and capacity to assess the advocates’ emergency, short-term needs and facilitate secure, timely delivery of emergency assistance.

2) Eligibility

DRL welcomes applications from U.S. based and foreign based non profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for profit organizations or businesses. DRL’s preference is to work with non profit entities; however, there may be some occasions when a for profit entity is best suited.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

The total funding is $9,876,540.

5) Application Procedure

Applications are due no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), on 1 MARCH, 2022 on https://www.grants.gov/ under the announcement title “DRL Non-Traditional Advocates for Transparency Response Fund,” funding opportunity number “SFOP0008499.”

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