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.
Grants & Fellowships
ICNL is pleased to invite applications from local consultants to conduct a baseline assessment on public participation mechanisms in Uganda. Through the five-year USAID-funded Civil Society Strengthening Activity (CSSA) in Uganda, ICNL works with partners to promote a more supportive and enabling environment that sustains a vibrant civil society under the theme of rights, governance, and democracy. As part of this initiative, the consultant will assess how the right to participate in governance affairs is implemented, in particular, the operation and impact of existing laws and policies on public participation that can foster government and civil society cooperation on Civil Society Organizations (CSO) enabling environment issues.
Applications are due June 23, 2021. For more information and how to apply, click here.
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. The project timeframe is from July 2021 – July 2022. Applications are due by June 18, 2021.
ICNL is pleased to invite applications from local consultants in Tanzania and Uganda for research grants under ICNL’s program on promoting freedom of expression, rule of law, and access to justice. ICNL is seeking consultants to carry out research to evaluate the role and impact of public interest litigation (PIL) and the organizations that engage in PIL in Uganda and Tanzania, particularly in the context of building a more enabling environment for civil society in those two countries. For more information and how to apply, click here.
ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for small grants as part of the Protecting Rights, Openness and Transparency – Enhancing Civic Transformation (PROTECT) project. PROTECT is an FCDO-funded consortium partnership for knowledge and learning in Malawi, Kenya, and Myanmar aimed at countering shrinking civic space, easing pressure on independent media and infomediaries, and enhancing transparency through better civil society access to data and information. Specific interventions under PROTECT in Malawi will be geared towards empowering civil society organizations (CSOs), marginalized groups, human rights defenders, and infomediaries to hold the government accountable with the aim of expanding and protecting civic space. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants to support innovative, impactful projects that support these goals. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 10, 2021, or until available funds are depleted. For more information and how to apply, click here.
ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for small grants as part of its “Promoting an Enabling Environment for CSOs in Zambia” program. Through this program, ICNL aims to support initiatives that advocate for inclusive, consultative processes to ensure that the legal framework for, and regulation of, civil society organizations aligns with international standards and supports a vibrant sector in Zambia. Projects should be focused on mobilizing civil society involvement in reform processes and engaging in wider advocacy and public awareness efforts relating to the enabling environment for civil society. Proposals from community-based organizations, and those that include or prioritize engagement of women, youth, and other special interest groups in reform processes are especially encouraged. ICNL will provide technical assistance to grantees as needed. Applications are due May 31, 2021. For more information and how to apply, click here.
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its project to counter COVID-related restrictions on civic freedoms and protect civic space during the pandemic. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2021 or until available funds are depleted. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by September 30, 2021.
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, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste, and advance international and regional norms to protect IF. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by September 30, 2021. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2021, or until available funds are depleted. For more information and how to apply, 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.