Grants & Fellowships

Request for Applications: Country Researchers - Legal framework governing the exercise of association and assembly rights in the digital space

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite applications from local partners in Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe for research grants under ICNL’s program on Responding to Digital Space Restrictions on Freedom of Association and Assembly in Africa. For more information and application instructions, click here.


Call for Applications: Stanford-ICNL Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders

Are you working on the legal framework for civil society and philanthropy in your country? Are you curious how AI and machine learning, facial recognition technology, and big data will transform society? Are you wondering about the impact of these and other digital technologies on your work?

If so, we invite you to apply to the Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders, organized by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. The camp will be held from February 2 - 4, 2020 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. For more information and application instructions, click here.


Call for Applications: Middle East and North Africa Public Participation Initiative Grants

ICNL is pleased to announce an initiative to advance public participation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The 2019 MENA Public Participation Initiative will provide grants to support local civil society organizations (CSO)s as they seek to develop or reform laws and policies to provide for greater CSO participation in policy and legislative processes at the national, regional, or local level. For more information and application instructions, click here for Enlgish and here for Arabic.

Call for Proposals: Protecting Online Freedoms in Iraq

ICNL seeks proposals to protect online freedoms in Iraq. We hope to support civil society organizations (CSOs) that defend against regulatory restrictions on digital platforms, online searches, or other online activities. For more information and application instructions, click here for English and here for Arabic.


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. 

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