apply for a security grant

Please read the eligibility requirements below.

  • Security grants can be used to support the safety and security of activists.
  • The time frame between receiving the grant and reporting back is 3 months.
  • We accept applications in all languages.
  • Translation needs may increase the time needed for a decision to be made.
  • Grant amounts are up to $8,000 USD.
  • We confirm receipt of applications within 24 hours.
  • Decisions are made between 1 and 10 business days.
  • Once a grant is approved, funds can be wired within 24 hours to 10 business days.

eligibility criteria

Women/Trans/Non-binary Led

Women, trans, or non-binary people must be the primary decision makers

Focus on women, trans, and non-binary rights:

Actions proposed must benefit women, trans, and non-binary people

Urgent and Unanticipated:

The specific situation must be unanticipated and time urgent. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of the grant


The group must have support from local or international feminist activists or networks

Individuals who are not activists
Cisgender men or male-led organizations or networks
Planned projects/activities/service delivery programs
Charity/humanitarian assistance/social services
Annual operating costs (rent, salary, overhead costs)
Bridge/gap funding
Organizations with a budget of over $1 million USD
Capital projects, for example, building construction or making building improvements

ready to apply?

Apply Online

Use our grants portal to create a profile and easily check your application status (our preferred method for receiving applications).

Email Us or Call

Download the application form and submit via email to

Security Grant Application: [EN] [AR] [RU]
Send a text or call us to submit your application over the phone. Call us at (415) 496-6365‬.
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Chinyere Ezie



Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI+ Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers subjected to unlawful treatment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a cum laude graduate of Yale University. She also received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. Chinyere serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and the feminist grant-making organization the Urgent Action Fund. She was also a Founding Board Member of the National Trans Bar Association.In 2018, she was named one of the nation’s Best LGBTQI+ Lawyers Under 40.