Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants are a funding tool used to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner. Rapid Response Grants are mechanisms for quick, flexible, and short-term funding to respond to unexpected security threats or advocacy opportunities. Requests can be made up to $5,000 for activities to be carried out within 3-months of the grant.
Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in any language using online, text and mobile funding applications 365 days of the year. We acknowledge receipt of applications within 24 hours of submission. Decisions are usually made within 1-10 business days.* Once a grant is approved, funds can be wired within 24 hours to 10 business days, depending on need.
Urgent Action Fund does NOT accept applications for support in Africa or Latin America & the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. To apply for support in Africa, please send all inquiries directly to: proposals@urgentactionfund-
There are 3 different ways to submit a grant application. Choose only 1 of the following options:
1. ONLINE APPLICATION: Fill out the application online (We do NOT accept applications for support in Africa or Latin America & the Spanish-speaking Caribbean)
2. DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION: Download the application here and send to our office via the email, postal address or fax number below.
3. PHONE OR TEXTING/SMS: If you have difficulty writing, typing, or accessing a computer, you may submit a request by phone or SMS text message. You may leave us a message at +1- 415-4WOMEN5 (+1- 415-496-6365) at any time of the day or night. We will then get in touch with you as soon as possible about your request. Please remember to provide a phone number where we can reach you.
* Please note that applications in languages other that Arabic, English, Russian or French may require additional time for translation and processing.