DDP supports users under digital attack with emergency grants. 

If you want to apply for an emergency grant, you can always reach out to us via email: team@digitaldefenders.org.  More information about the emergency grants can be found here

DDP’s objectives
1) Increased safety for human rights defenders under digital attack
2) Increased capacity of the digital emergency ecosystem to respond to such attacks


OPEN:  Incidental Emergency GrantsFor mitigating digital emergencies | For journalists, bloggers, human rights activists, small organisations | Up to 10,000 Euro

OPEN: Sustainable Emergency Grants | For longer-term emergency support | NGO’s, media organisations, human rights organisations | 10,000 – 50,000 Euro

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About DDP

The Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP) was formed in 2012 by the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC). The aim of the DDP is to protect and advance internet freedom, and to keep the internet free from emerging threats, specifically in repressive environments. We coordinate emergency support for individuals and organisations such as human rights defenders, journalists, civil society activists, and bloggers. We take a rights-based and people-centred approach, focusing on our core values of transparency, human rights, inclusivity & diversity, equality, confidentiality, and freedom.

The DDP has three different types of funding that address urgent emergency situations, as well as longer-term grants focusing on building capacity within an organisation. Furthermore, we coordinate a Digital Integrity Fellowship where organisations receive personalised digital security and privacy trainings, and a Rapid Response Network programme.

We particularly encourage women and women’s organizations, ethnic minorities, and LGBTI+ persons to apply for our grants.

In 2016, DDP established a strategic partnership with 3 organizations: Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) specialised in legal defense, Front Line Defenders (FLD) providing regional/physical safety, and Virtual Road (VR) working on infrastructural responses. Together, we are able to provide a more holistic emergency response, a wider outreach strategy, and increased project sustainability.

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DDP provides grants to human rights defenders and organisations to address urgent digital emergency situations. For example, a website or email being hacked, or the theft or loss of sensitive data and equipment. Longer-term grants are provided to organisations that face threats due to the work they are doing. This grant could cover a training of staff members, internet infrastructure in the office, or setting up secure data storage systems for sensitive files. In addition to the grants, DDP has a Digital Security Fellowship, where organisations around the world receive personalised digital security trainings and support for a sustained period of time. The Rapid Response Network is also coordinated by DDP, through providing financial and logistic assistance to improve the quality and effectiveness of emergency response. 


Scroll down to read more about the scope of these grants, our grant making process and eligibility criteria. If you want to know about future funding opportunities, please send an email to team@digitaldefenders.org.

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Incidental Emergency Grants 

The Incidental Emergency Grants respond to urgent needs such as a website or email being hacked, or the theft or loss of sensitive data and equipment. This type of grant could, for example, provide a safe internet connection, replace damaged or stolen equipment, or a security training. Journalists, human rights defenders, NGOs, activists and bloggers who come under threat because of their online activities can apply for this grant. We work closely with Front Line Defenders, Media Legal Defence Initiative and Virtual Road when responding to these types of emergencies. The Incidental Emergency Grants fund up to a maximum of €10,000 for up to four months.

How to apply? 

Please send an email to team@digitaldefenders.org with the following information:

  • Your name and your organisation’s name
  • Name of the project
  • Project goal
  • Country it takes place in
  • Threats you face
  • Aim and details of planned activities
  • Duration of the project (maximum four months)
  • A budget and explanation
  • Contact details of two references

After we receive your application, we will make an initial assessment and possibly ask additional questions. Then, after contacting your references, we will either approve or reject the proposal. We aim to process all applications within two weeks.

To apply for an emergency grant, send an email to team@digitaldefenders.org.

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By email


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Twitter: @DigiDefenders

By snail mail

Attn. Digital Defenders Partnership
Raamweg 16
2596 HL Den Haag
the Netherlands

By phone

+31 (0)70 3765500