Rapid Response Grantmaking

Women participate in a mass demonstration against sexual violence in Nepal.

Women participate in a mass demonstration against sexual violence as part of a national anti-rape campaign in Nepal.

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants support the resilience of women’s and trans* movements by providing flexible and responsive support to women’s and trans* human rights defenders who face immediate threats and by supporting advocacy when unanticipated opportunities emerge to set new legal or policy precedents.

Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in any language using online, text and mobile funding applications. We respond to all requests within 24 hours, 365 days per year. Decisions and funding are usually made within 1 – 10 business days. Activists can receive up to $8,000 USD. Urgent Action Fund works with an international network of Advisors to inform our grantmaking decisions. For more information about our Advisors, click here.

Women’s and trans* human rights defenders face unanticipated opportunities or threats. Flexible funds, available on the timeline of activists and without the lengthy approval processes employed by most foundations, are critical in these situations. Urgent Action Fund’s grantmaking model enables women’s and trans* human rights defenders to act quickly, take advantage of unexpected opportunities, mitigate threats, and/or prevent backsliding in their ongoing work to advance the human rights of all people. Rapid Response Grants are a lifeline to women’s human rights defenders worldwide.

Urgent Action Fund (UAF) is one of four Sister Urgent Action Funds that together form a global consortium. UAF provides grants to women’s and non-binary human rights defenders in Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, The South Caucasus, Turkey, Russia, Canada, and the United States. Our sister funds, Urgent Action Fund-Africa,  Urgent Action Fund-Latin America, and Urgent Action Fund-Asia Pacific provide grants to women’s and non-binary human rights defenders in those regions.

To learn more about our grantees, visit the Grantee Profiles menu, or search our grants database.

To learn our Criteria for Rapid Response Grants to determine if you are eligible, click here.

To learn how to apply for a grant, click here.