Grants & Fellowships


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. For more information and application instructions, click here. All applications must include this coversheet.

Call for Applications: Rwanda Legal Education Initiative Grants

ICNL is pleased to announce a Legal Education Initiative (LEI) to support the study and understanding of civil society law at universities, schools of law and institutes of practice in Rwanda. The LEI will provide grants to support the creation, refinement, or expansion of an education initiative on civil society law. For more information and application instructions, click here. All applications must include this coversheet.

Call for Proposals: Chile

El Centro Internacional para la Ley del Sector No Lucrativo (ICNL) se complace en invitar a la presentación de propuestas de proyectos de parte de socios locales en Chile para una donación de hasta US$15,000 para llevar a cabo actividades relacionadas a los retos legales que enfrentan las Empresas Sociales en el país. Para mas información sobre instrucciones de aplicación ver aquí.

Call for Proposals: Brazil

ICNL is pleased to invite applications from local partners in Brazil for a sub-grant of up to US$15,000 for activities related to current legal challenges affecting civil society organizations (CSOs) in the country. For more information and application instructions, click here.

Call for Proposals: Mekong Digital Surveillance Law Research

ICNL is pleased to invite applications from local partners in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam for a research grant pursuant to the NGO Legal Enabling Environment Program (LEEP). Research will focus on gathering all relevant laws on digital and communications surveillance, analyzing those laws in accordance with domestic jurisprudence, and comparing those laws to international standards and principles. For more information and application instructions, click 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