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)


ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for small grants as part of its ongoing program aimed at improving the legal protections for freedom of expression and access to information in Uganda. In this regard, ICNL has supported a wide range of initiatives seeking to 1) build the capacity of a core group of civil society organizations and journalists to advocate for reform, and 2) strengthen judicial accountability mechanisms by improving lawyers’ capacity to represent victims of rights violations and encouraging open access to courtrooms for journalists. To further promote these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants to support innovative, impactful projects. For more information and application instructions, click here.

ICNL is pleased to invite proposals for subgrants as part of its “Protecting Civic Space through Civil Society Engagement with FATF” program. ICNL aims to support national-level engagement and innovative information exchange and advocacy by CSOs in four countries – two in anglophone West Africa, and two in francophone West Africa – to promote and protect the fundamental rights of association and assembly at various key stages of the FATF evaluation process. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants and technical assistance to grantees as needed. For more information and application instructions, click here.

As part of its “Strengthening Association and Assembly Rights in Africa through the ACHPR Guidelines” program, ICNL is pleased to invite proposals to support innovative and impactful action by sub-regional civil society networks that engage with the ACHPR and other African Union institutions and mechanisms to use the Guidelines to promote and protect the fundamental rights of association and assembly in Africa and to expand space or navigate restrictions. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide grants and technical assistance as needed. For more information and application instructions, click here.

ICNL is pleased to invite applications from local partners in Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil for research grants on digital association and assembly rights. For more information and application instructions, click here.

Solicitud de Aplicaciones: Investigadores de País- El derecho de asociación y asamblea en el espacio digital en latinoamerica

El Centro Internacional para la Ley del Sector No Lucrativo (ICNL) se complace en invitar la presentación de solicitudes de socios locales en México, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina y Brasil para becas de investigación sobre el derecho de asociación y asamblea en el espacio digital. Las solicitudes deben enviarse directamente a ICNL como se especifica aqui.

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. The application for Lifeline support may be found here.

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

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