Sustainable Protection Funding – Currently closed

Sustainable protection funding is designed to support medium- or long-term efforts to improve the digital security and overall security of organisations, collectives or media houses. The funding provided can be up to €50,000 and can be used to cover costs related to the development of resilient strategies for information management and digital security within organisations. This can include costs related to the acquisition of hardware, software, training, coaching and the development of policies within organisations. Organisations who themselves provide support on digital security to activists, human rights defenders, journalists or other organisations can also apply for Sustainable Protection Funding.

If you want to apply for Sustainable Protection Funding, send an email to 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 one year)
  • A budget and justification (up to €50,000)
  • Contact details of two references


Examples of Sustainable Protection Funding in the past have included: 
  1. DDP supported the establishment of the Digital Security Lab Ukraine’s “Digital Security Hub”, a virtual hub which enables Ukrainian civil society to apply rapidly for digital security support.The Hub provides “same day” or “next day” direct help to civil society organisations, independent media, journalists and activists who need help. This hub provides such services as website protection, organisational security support, securing accounts and messengers, training and technical assistance.
  1. DDP provided funding to an international organisation to assess the use of malware and the infection of human rights activists and journalists’ phones with this malware in one West African country. A related digital security training on how to improve secure communications was also provided to local human rights defenders.
  1. DDP supported the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) and their cyber harassment helpline that allows people, largely women, to seek support for incidences of online violence and harassment.
  1. DDP supported the establishment of temporary mobile satellite centers to bypass Internet shutdowns in two cities located near conflict zones in one Middle Eastern country, thus allowing the sharing of information on the human rights situation locally with the outside world.