We currently have a UK funding round open and it will close on Friday 18th September at 10pm. 

This round is open to all eligible UK projects, but we particularly encourage applications in relation to mental health.

We are only accepting applications from projects that are able to run (by adapting to the current circumstances) or that are already running.

We have recently closed an emergency application round which was open for overseas projects affected by corona virus. 

The Trustees of the Foundation are keeping its grant making policy under constant review in the light of social and economic developments in relation to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

More information about future rounds will be announced soon.

Activists defending human rights under pressure: How government restrictions impact on civil society work

We're running an event with the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR). You can find out all thee details and where to register below! 

Three human rights defenders from Niger, Pakistan and a country in East Asia discuss the different kinds of pressure and challenges they face from their respective governments when trying to conduct human rights work. They face silencing, surveillance, intimidation and detention - and yet they and their colleagues fight to be heard both in their own countries and internationally. What are their strategies under increasing pressure? How do they make sure to stay safe?


  • Ali Idrissa is the director of ROTAB, a civil society organisation in Niger that works on transparency in the extractive industry sector. He has worked in human rights since the 1990s, and currently focuses on the impact of corruption and pollution in the country's gold and uranium mining sectors.
  • Urooj Fatima is a Pakistani journalist. She has reported on human rights issues particularly focusing on children's rights, such as sexual abuse and children in armed conflict.
  • Jessie is an East Asian human rights researcher with six years of experience working in an increasingly restrictive human rights environment.

Protective Fellowship Scheme

All speakers are currently participating in the Protective Fellowship Scheme for human rights defenders at risk at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York. The Protective Fellowship Scheme has operated since 2008 and aims at creating medium- to long-term social change in the countries and communities the Fellows come from. During their time at York, the Fellows receive human rights skills training, work on a research project and get opportunities to network with government and civil society organisations in the UK.


Lucy and Rosh, combined songwriting forces in 2019 to make acoustic music that takes from the folk tradition, but tell modern tales of political anger and personal hope. Expect harmonies, crunchy chords and songs for these times.


  • 5.30pm - 6.15pm: Arrival with music and pay as you feel food from South Street Kitchen 
  • 6.15pm - 6.30pm: Intro to the fellowship scheme and what they do
  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm: Brief intro from each HRD
  • 7.00pm - 7.45pm: Panel discussion with the three HRD’s
  • 7.45pm - 8.00pm: Q&A from audience
  • 8.00pm - 9.00pm: Music and Cash bar

Register Here


The window for the next UK funding round will be open from Monday February 17th until midnight on the 2nd March. All applicants will hear whether they have been successful or unsuccessful by the end of June 2020.

Please note the next UK funding round has been postponed and the window for applications will be open in March 2020. The exact dates will be on our website here in February 2020.

The application window for our Overseas funding round is now closed, thank you to all who applied.

We respond to all applicants, whether successful or unsuccessful. If we require further information, we will be in touch. If you haven't heard from us by December 2019, feel free to drop us a line, however we expect to be in contact with all organisations who applied in the next couple of months.

We will be opening for UK applications in January 2020, and will post more information about this here later in the year. We will be accepting Overseas applications again later in 2020 and will post more information on this nearer the time.

Read about the latest UK projects we are supporting

We'll be open for applications in August...

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