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 grants as part of its project to counter COVID-inspired restrictions on civic freedoms and protect civic space during the pandemic. Grants of up to $7000 are available for projects meeting the criteria discussed below. The activity funded by each grant is expected to last approximately two months.

Applications are due by October 14, 2020. For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to advance effective responses to strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPPs) in the Global South. Grant amounts are not fixed, but successful grant applications may range from $5,000 to $20,000. Proposals selected for support will receive funding through the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.

Applications are due by October 31, 2020. For more information and application instructions, click here.

El Centro Internacional para la Ley del Sector No Lucrativo (ICNL por sus siglas en inglés) se complace en invitar la presentación de aplicaciones de organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) en Guatemala para una subvención de hasta US$15,000 para realizar actividades relacionadas a los desafíos legales que afectan a las ONG en el país.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for small grants as part of its ongoing rule of law program to enhance the protection of freedom of expression, association, and related fundamental rights in Tanzania. Through this program, ICNL aims to support public awareness, strategic engagement, innovative information exchange, and advocacy by civil society groups to promote and protect the fundamental rights of association, assembly, and expression and advance civic space at the local, national, or regional levels. To achieve these program goals, ICNL will provide small grants to support innovative, impactful projects.

For more information and application instructions, 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. The 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

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