Incident Emergency Grants 

Incident Emergency Funding is designed to respond rapidly to urgent cases of digital threats or attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, activists, or organisations. The funding provided can be up to €10,000 and can be used to cover costs which will directly reduce the risk or impact of a digital attack. The funding covers activities for a maximum of four months, and we aim to respond to requests within two weeks.

If you are interested in applying for Incident Emergency Funding, contact us at team@digitaldefenders.org with the following information:

  • Your name and your organisation’s name
  • Details of the threat or attack you face
  • The goals of the project
  • Country/countries it takes place in
  • Aims and details of the planned activities
  • Duration of the project (maximum four months)
  • A budget and justification (up to €10,000)
  • Contact details of two references

 

Examples of Incident Emergency Funding in the past have included:

  1. DDP supported the provision of digital risk assessment and training workshops to LGBTQI+ human rights defenders in Tanzania following an increase in government and other politicians attacking the community.
  1. Investigative journalists in Southeast Asia received digital security support, as well as equipment replacement and VPNs, via the DDP grant-making mechanism. This collective was investigating and publishing stories on abuses of power by the government and improving their security profile was essential to the continuation of their work. 
  1. A black LGBTQI+ activist in Latin America received digital security and psycho-social accompaniment, as well as laptop replacement. The HRD had received violent threats linked to her activism for several years and her work computer was seized by the authorities for an investigation. The grant allowed her to address the psychological stress she faced and continue her activities on a secure device.  
  1.  DDP supported a project of risk analysis, digital security training and online support on digital rights and digital security issues for activists in a Central American country during a time of political crisis and government repression of civil society.