Emergency Support

Emergency Assistance for Human Rights Defenders

Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF)
Primary Website: http://www.emhrf.org/en/grants.php

Types of Assistance:

1)      Emergency, tangible and short-term support is provided to human rights defenders facing difficulties or at risk as a result of their activities in the region.

2) Strategic support is provided to small human rights organizations, groups and defenders by reinforcing their operations and human capacities in order to enable them to create structures or implement innovative activities effectively in the region.

Grants typically cover $1,000 to $30,000 Euros and last 12-18 months (max $5,000 for emergency funding) .

Qualifications: Human rights defenders operating in the following countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Syria, and Palestine. Human rights defenders may include development activists and writers on a case-by-case basis. More information can be found at http://www.emhrf.org/en/eligibilitycriteria.php.

To apply: English http://www.emhrf.org/en/guidelinesemergency.php
Arabic http://www.emhrf.org/ar/guidelinesemergency.php

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights – Rapid Response Grantmaking
Primary Website: http://urgentactionfund.org/

Types of Assistance: 72 hour rapid response of up to $5,000 USD to help activists take advantage of unexpected opportunities or to protect themselves when faced with immediate danger.

Qualifications: Women human right’s defenders

To Applyhttp://urgentactionfund.org/apply-for-a-grant/

Agir Ensemble Pour Les Droits de l’Homme
Primary Website: http://www.aedh.org/agir/

Types of Assistance: Emergency fund for defenders of human rights, including evacuation aid, relocation assistance, legal assistance, medical aid and intervention with authorities.

Qualifications: human rights defenders

To Applyhttp://www.aedh.org/new_en/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1

Freedom House Lifeline
Primary Website: http://www.freedomhouse.org/

Types of Assistance:

1)      The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund – financial assistance and advocacy support to human rights civil society organizations that are under threat or attack.http://www.freedomhouse.org/program/lifeline

2)      Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program – financial, advocacy and security assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations that are under attack because of their work for LGBTI human rights.  http://www.freedomhouse.org/program/dignity-all-lgbti-assistance-program

Human rights organizations (two or more activists; doesn’t have to be registered) under threat who need emergency, finite assistance.

To Apply: Email emergency.assistance.inquiries@gmail.com .

Frontline Defenders Emergency Support

Primary Website: English http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/

Arabic http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/ar/

Types of Assistance:

1)      24 hours/day support for human rights defenders in Arabic, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Assistance for immediate risk includes: faxed or phoned appeals to the relevant authorities, raising the case through the EU or individual government representatives, practical help with temporary relocation, assistance with medical or legal expenses. http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/emergency

2)      Security Grants Program – financial assistance to improve the physical security of an organization or its human rights defenders (maximum 6,000 Euros). http://www.frontlinedefenders.org/security-grants-programme

Qualifications: Human rights defenders and their organizations; all countries.

To Apply: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/secure/comment.en.html OR +353 (0) 1 21 00 489 OR skype “front-line-emergency”

European Commission on Democracy and Human Rights Small Grants

Primary Website: http://www.eidhr.eu/side-panels/human-rights-defenders/small-grants

Types of Assistance: Up to 10,000 Euros urgent support for a wide variety of purposes, including to organizations in dire financial situations.

Qualifications: Human rights defenders (individuals or organizations).

To Apply: europeaid-eidhr@ec.europa.eu

University of York Center for Applied Human Rights – Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
Primary Website: http://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/defenders/protective-fellowship/

Types of Assistance: 3-6 month fellowship for respite, training and experience sharing (10 fellows per year) in the UK

Qualifications: human rights defenders who face risk in their working environment

To Applyhttp://www.york.ac.uk/cahr/defenders/protective-fellowship/#tab-2 (applications must be made through organizations, not as individuals)

Colby College – Oak Fellowship
Primary Website: http://web.colby.edu/oak/

Types of Assistance: full academic year fellowship for teaching and research in the United States (all expenses paid).

Qualifications: human rights practitioners involved in on-the-ground work at personal risk to themselves (N.B. looking for gender and human rights activist for 2014)

To Applyoakhr@colby.eduadmissions@colby.edu

Emergency Assistance for Writers, Scholars and Journalists

PEN American Writer’s Emergency Fund
Primary Website: http://www.pen.org/writers-emergency-fund

Types of Assistance: Emergency financial crisis; not to be used for research.

Qualifications:  Those whose primary professional occupation is writing.

To Apply: English http://www.pen.org/writers-emergency-fund
N.B. See website for deadline.

Scholars at Risk Network
Primary Website: http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/

Types of Assistance:  1-12 month opportunities for teaching, research, or graduate study for scholars at risk, as well as opportunities for scholarships for all types of scholars.

QualificationsScholars receive threats to life, liberty or academic career, including those that have left their home countries because of these threats.

To Apply: English http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu/At-Risk-Scholars/Apply-for-Assistance.php

Scholars Rescue Fund
Primary Website: http://www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/intro.php

Types of Assistance: Fellowships for work at host institutions in any country. (maximum grant $25,000 USDs); three application rounds per year; emergency funds also available.

Qualifications: Established professor, researcher or public intellectuals facing severe and targeted threats; preferably those with a PhD and superior academic accomplishments. No limits on country of origin or field of expertise.

To Apply: English http://www.scholarrescuefund.org/pages/for-scholars/instructions-and-application.php

Rory Peck Trust
Primary Website: https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-assistance/Assistance-Grants

Types of Assistance: Financial assistance, amounts vary

Qualifications: freelance journalists and their families who are under threat, exiled, imprisoned or injured.

To Apply: + 44 (0) 20 3219 7860 or assistance@rorypecktrust.org

International Federation of Journalists – Safety Fund
Primary Website: http://www.ifj.org/en/pages/safety-fund

Types of Assistance: Financial relief to individual journalists in danger.

Qualifications: Journalists

To Applyhttp://www.ifj.org/en/pages/contact-us-global

Media Legal Defense Initiative
Primary Website: http://www.mediadefence.org/

Types of Assistance: financial assistance for legal representation

Qualifications: Bloggers and online media in South and Southeast Asia at risk for imprisonment, bankruptcy, closing, censorship etc.

To Applyhttp://www.mediadefence.org/form/get-help-case or grants@mediadefence.org.

International Cities of Refuge Network
Primary Website: http://www.icorn.org/index.php

Types of Assistance: provides physical safety and economic security for a two year fixed period

Qualifications: any writer (novelists, non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, editors, translators, publishers, journalists and cartoonists) threatened or persecuted for expressing their opinions professionally or personally

To Applyhttp://www.icorn.org/resource/userfiles/applicationforms/Eng-application-form.pdf



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