Grants & Fellowships

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law works to build an enabling legal environment for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation around the world. Occasionally, we offer grants to civil society organizations and others working to promote and protect civic freedoms, as well as fellowships and internships at ICNL. See below for our current opportunities.

After gathering data on regulatory barriers to freedom of assembly affecting more than 100 gay pride marches in Brazil, Welton Trindade (second from left) concluded that “the study supported by ICNL shows that the solutions are right here in Brazil.” (Photo credit: ICNL)

Grants

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for a grant as part of its program to advance international and regional norms to protect the exercise of the freedoms of association, assembly and expression online. A grant of up to $44,000 USD is available for a project meeting the criteria discussed below. The project timeframe is from August 2022 – July 2023 (12 months).

Applications are due by August 5, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals to develop and pilot an interactive online platform or application for civic space in West Africa. The platform should be bilingual in French and English. The aim of the platform is to share information on civic space trends and promote collaboration and dialogue amongst civil society, media, and academics in West Africa. One grant will be awarded for an amount of up to $15,000 USD. The project must be completed no later than December 15, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its project to promote Internet Freedom (IF) in Cambodia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste, and advance international and regional norms to protect IF.  Grants of up to $10,000 USD are available for projects meeting the criteria discussed below. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2022 or until available funds are depleted.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and South Africa assessing (i) how their governments used various measures, including emergency powers, laws and policies, and public participation strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of this response on civic space; or (ii) action taken by civil society to ensure that the government’s COVID-19 responses complied with national law and international human rights standards.

The objective of the research is to consolidate learning and best practice that can inform future normative, policy, legal and practical responses to better manage pandemics consistent with respect for fundamental human rights.

The budget ceiling for each country study is $12,500. Consultants may apply to work on more than one country study, but priority will be given to individual or organizational consultants based in each study country jurisdiction.

Applications for this project are due July 30, 2022. Project work should be completed by December 15, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research on the civil society impact of surveillance and contact tracing technology deployed in Indo-Pacific countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on proposed scope of work and country coverage (see below), 1-2 consultants may be selected. Available budget is $25,000-45,000 per award, depending on breadth of coverage.

Applications for this project are due July 31, 2022. Project work should be completed by December 15, 2022. For more details and application instructions, please see below.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research assessing New Zealand, Taiwan, or South Korea’s governance approaches to COVID-19 and their impact on civic space. The budget ceiling for each country study is $25,000. Consultants may apply to work on more than one country study, but priority will be given to individual or organizational consultants based in each study country jurisdiction.

Applications for this project are due July 31, 2022. Project work should be completed by December 15, 2022. For more details and application instructions, please see below.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its ongoing project to safeguard civic freedoms and address democratic backsliding stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of $25,000 – $45,000 USD are available for projects meeting the criteria discussed below. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2022 or until available funds are depleted.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals to develop and pilot an interactive online platform or application for civic space in Southern Africa. The aim of the platform is to promote greater synergies and coordination amongst civil society organizations (CSOs), media organizations, academics, amongst others, operating in countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for information-sharing, strategic action and dialogue on civic space trends in Southern Africa. One grant will be awarded for an amount of up to $15,000 USD. The project must be completed no later than December 15, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

For the application template, click here.

ICNL is part of the civil society consortium led by Freedom House implementing The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.  This fund, which is supported by 19 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 assistance to CSOs threatened because of their human rights work. Emergency assistance grants can address security, medical expenses, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, equipment replacement, and other urgently needed expenses. ICNL does not administer emergency assistance grants on behalf of Lifeline. To apply for Lifeline emergency assistance, please contact Freedom House or Front Line Defenders as described here.
  2. Lifeline rapid response advocacy grants give local CSOs the resources to push back against restrictions on civic space.  Advocacy grants support short-term initiatives that identify civic space challenges, such as threats to freedom of association, assembly, and expression or attacks on civil society, and target key actors associated with the resolution of these threats.  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.
  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.

ICNL accepts applications for advocacy support and resiliency support on a rolling basis. A preliminary application for Lifeline support may be found here (as a form) or here (as a Word document).

For more information or to submit an application, please contact Lifeline@icnl.org. Please note that applicants will only be contacted regarding applications selected for further consideration.

Fellowships & Internships

None at this time. Please check back for future listings.