Urgent Action Fund was established to provide support to women and trans human rights defenders or organizations led by women or trans* activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights.
Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants complement traditional donor funding in cases of crises, emergencies, or opportunities that are not expected or predictable, and when funding is needed immediately to address the current situation.
Before applying for a Rapid Response Grant please review our Types of Grants, Grant Criteria, and information on our Geographic Focus below.
Urgent Action Fund provides two types of Rapid Response Grants. To receive a Rapid Response Grant, your proposal must fall under at least one of these situations:
Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:
For applicants from the United States, please note that Urgent Action Fund prioritizes funding for organizations that have an operating budget size of less than $1 Million.
This Urgent Action Fund provides Rapid Response Grants to women and transgender human rights defenders or to organizations led by these activists in Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern or Western Europe, the South Caucuses, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.
Our Sister Fund Urgent Action Funds provide support to defenders in Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, East and South Asia or the Pacific. Applications from these regions must be sent directly to the appropriate Sister Fund.
To apply for support in Africa, please send all inquiries directly to our Sister Fund, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, at: proposals@urgentactionfund-
To apply for support in Latin America & the Caribbean: please send all inquiries directly to our Sister Fund, Urgent Action Fund – Latin America, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for support in Asia and the Pacific: please send all inquiries directly to our Sister Fund Urgent Action Fund – Asia & the Pacific, at:email@example.com.
Urgent Action Fund does not fund the following types of requests:
 A cisgender person is someone who identifies as the gender and sex that person was assigned at birth.
Approval Process: Urgent Action Fund’s grantmaking is informed by our country and regional advisors on whom we rely on for assessment of recommended applications. Final decisions are communicated to applicants after we have received endorsements from advisors, Urgent Action Fund’s peer networks, or references provided by the applicant.
Confidentiality note: The proposal will only be shared with regional and country advisors, or Urgent Action Fund’s trusted contacts as needed. We respect and value the privacy and confidentiality needs of our partners, particularly in contexts where security is a concern.
Things to know about applying to Urgent Action Fund: