Human Rights Fund 2023

Call for Applications Human Rights Fund 2023: The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New Delhi is launching an open call for project applications within its delegated Human Rights Fund. The deadline for submitting applications is Sunday, 9 January 2023 at 24.00hrs IST.Contributions can be made to local organizations aimed at strengthening and implementing their projects in the following priority areas

Equal rights for women and girls
Freedom of Religion and Belief
Freedom of Expression
Equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI+)

About the Human Rights Fund: Human rights are the cornerstone of human dignity, freedom and the development of free societies. The Human Rights Fund is a tool of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Its purpose is to support activities by civil society organisations around the world, to encourage them to actively engage in the promotion and protection of human rights.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is inviting civil society organisations working in India to submit project proposals focusing on, on one hand, enhancing their capacity to work with the Indian local and/or central government towards the implementation of public policies intended to effectively defend human right, and, on the other hand, on strengthening the promotion of human rights in India. The embassy is looking for strategic partners with whom we can cooperate in the longer term, hence we look with extra interest at the growth potential and absorption capacity of the activity and organisation.

equal rights for women and girls – with a focus on decreasing the occurrence of all forms of gender based violence against women and girls in public and private life
freedom of expression and internet freedom – with a focus on increased access to information, enhancing safety of (female) journalists worldwide and press freedom.
freedom of religion or belief – with a focus on decreasing FoRB-based persecution and discrimination and inclusivity and tolerance in religious and faith based communities, and capacity building for effectieve protection of religious minorities through judicial processes.
equal rights for LGBTI+ people – with a focus on decreasing violence, discrimination and criminalization on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and increasing level of social acceptance of LGTBI+ people.
The embassy is looking with extra interest at programmes aimed at strategic longer-term cooperation.

Criteria:With limited funds available, clear criteria have been developed to ensure a transparent and efficient application process. Organizations applying for funding (‘applicants’) have to comply with all of the following criteria:

The project must be aimed at one of the abovementioned priority areas and include an element of strengthening the implementation capacity of human rights policies of Indian local and/or central government is a required component.

The project must include a clear strategy to address institutional, political and/or legal obstacles impeding the enjoyment of constitutionally-guaranteed human rights, with a view to adopting concrete policy measures to address these issues.
The time frame of the projects must be of 1-3 yrs.
Grants requested from the Human Rights Fund should fall within the range €25,000 to €250,000.
The applicant should be a local organization working in the state of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (incl. Delhi NCR), Odisha.
The applicant must fulfil all legal obligations under Indian law, including but not limited to the new regulations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Funding is only available for applicants with a valid FCRA license.
Applications can only be submitted in English via e-mail by filling up the Application Form SSSP 2023 provided below. Applications which do not adhere to the word limit will not be considered.
Applications must include a budget proposal with a clear breakdown of budget allocation per activity. Applications without a budget proposal will not be considered.
Applications must explicitly mention the purpose, activities, expected goals and results of their project.
Tips on how to write a good proposal: 1) We strongly advise applicants to submit project proposals with clear-defined objectives; including activities with clear outcomes. Avoid references to not clear descriptions like: ‘capacity building’, ‘stakeholder meetings’, etc. 2) We also require you to submit proposals referring to a long-term strategy. 3) We encourage you to include an exit-strategy. Ideally the work should be carried on and sustained without your help at the end of the project cycle.


Projects that are not eligible for funding under the SSSP are the following:

Humanitarian aid;
Activities that are primarily motivated by a commercial interest;
Projects with a predominantly academic focus, i.e. feasibility studies, research, etc.
Projects that exclusively or largely include the delivery of goods or materials;
Infrastructural or construction projects;
Application process

If your proposal complies with all of the above mentioned criteria, please fill in the Funds Application Form 2023 Click here . The Embassy will only accept proposals submitted in this format and sent to the email: The deadline for submitting project proposals is 9 January 2023 at 24.00hrs IST. Any requests or proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. You will receive a response from the Embassy within 8 weeks after the deadline

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