The NHRF’s grant support is open to organisations working for the protection of human rights defenders (HRD) independent from our geographical priorities. HRD grants can be given to organisations, institutions, networks, and groups working for the protection of human rights defenders regardless of the country of origin, however at least one the following aims of the program must be met:
- Better protection of human rights defenders at risk
- Better working conditions for human rights defenders
- Support human rights defenders were the situation is critical
Also, HRD projects with the following qualities are prioritised:
- Project that can avert immediate risk or give immediate relief;
- Project that focuses on defenders situation needing special attention, such as women HRDs and HRDs from vulnerable and marginalised groups;
- Project that work with a meaningful link between local/national/international level.
The NHRF does not support individual HRDs, but focuses on organisations, institutions, networks and groups working for the protection of HRDs. To read more about the NHRF conditions for support and priorities, please read our FAQ for Grantseekers.
WHO WE SUPPORT
Our grantee partners work as both HRDs and to support (W)HRDs who promote and defend the rights of many different marginalized and vulnerable groups. Our support has reached (W)HRDs who dedicate their lives to defend the rights of and to, among others, LGBTQ+, minorities, land and natural resources, indigenous peoples, journalists, workers, migrants, commercial sex workers, political activists, women and girls, etc.
Although there are many different methods to achieve positive and progressive results in this area, the majority of the projects we supported between 2016 and June 2018 use methods that focus on enhancing the security and protection of HRDs. Networking and advocacy are also important tools that can make significant differences in the outcomes of projects. NHRF sees that 55% of projects utilize these methods.
We have learned that the NHRF can provide valuable support in terms of morale and solidarity and by helping to link our grantees work with HRDs to national and international networks. The NHRF strives to provide this meaningful support and work outside the parameters of the standard donor-grantee relationship. We want our grantees to succeed in their work because success translates to more protection and realization for the human rights of some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable groups.