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 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