The Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. The funds support civil society organisations across the world that addresses issues of global, social and environmental concern.
The Oak Foundation helps in protecting the fundamental rights of the individual, supporting those who champion that struggle, and ensuring that perpetrators of gross abuses are held to account. Initiatives above USD 25,000 will be supported by the foundation.

Focus Areas
  1. Child Abuse
  2. Environment
  3. Housing and Homelessness
  4. International Human Rights
  5. Issues Affecting Women
  6. Learning Differences
Objectives of Human Rights programme
  • End impunity for gross violations of human rights by upholding victims’ rights to truth, justice and redress, and by preserving public memory to prevent the recurrence of abuses;
  • Uphold fundamental guarantees in international law prohibiting arbitrary detention and torture and assuring due process guarantees;
  • Protect human rights defenders at risk and strengthen their capacity to be effective; and
  • Multiply and amplify influential voices, especially from the Global South, on IHRP global priorities.
Eligibility Criteria
  • The foundation supports non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working at the global, regional and national levels.
  • The International Human Rights Programme is engaged directly in the EU, the US, Russia, India and Burma.
  • Foundation also work through re-granters to support activists and organizations in critical areas where Oak is not currently able to fund directly (such as in the Middle East, North Africa and the Former Soviet Union).
  • The foundation funds the initiatives above USD 25,000.
  • Individuals and religious organizations will not be considered.