Countries/Regions: Worldwide, but proposals from Africa should be sent to the Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya

KEY ISSUE: Human Rights, Women, Violence, Political/Social Empowerment

Description: The Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights was established to protect women’s human rights around the world. The fund is a rapid response grantmaker that provides short-term funding for quick responses to emergency situations in which women’s human rights may be limited, including political repression, armed conflict, and escalating violence. The Fund does not award grants for development projects, natural disaster relief, humanitarian aid, conference travel, general support, or groups that are not primarily led by women.

The specific grant categories are:
1) Response to armed conflict, escalating violence, or politically volatile environments.
2) Potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, or actions that aim to protect a precedent that has already been set, and
3) Protection and security of women human rights defenders.

Type of grant: Project

Grant range: Requests may be made for up to $5,000

Average grant duration: Immediate, short-term support