Rapid response mechanism for civil society and human rights defenders at risk
Claim Your Space is a rapid response mechanism available through Global Focus. The purpose of Claim Your Space is to provide rapid financial support to civil society and human rights defenders at risk. The mechanism is a response to the global shrinking of civic space; freedoms of expression, gathering and association.
Provision of CYS emergency assistance will be available to individuals, organisations, movements, and groups active in Sub-Saharan African countries, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. CYS is unique in its capacity to provide both rapid emergency support and support for establishing proactive and sustainable responses to shrinking civic space.
Here you can download a letter about the fund you can send to relevant partners.
Annual Closing Days: Please note that due to annual staff leave, Global Focus is not processing applications for Claim Your Space support in the following periods: July 15–31 & December 15-31. Applications may be submitted during these times but will not be processed until the beginning of the following month (August & January).
SECURE INFORMATION ON APPLICATION CRITERIA, PROCESS AND SECURE APPLICATION FORMS BELOW.
For more Information contact:
+45 53 39 88 43
THE TWO TRACKS OF CLAIM YOUR SPACE
TRACK 1: Emergency assistance to individuals and groups under threat
Funding will be granted to individuals and groups under threat to enable them to survive and/or continue operating. The grant will cover expenses aimed at mitigating immediate threats to civil society actors and activities may include rehabilitation, evacuation, legal support, psycho-social support, bail, etc. Grants will be provided up to EUR 5,000 but amounts above may be granted if necessary. The timeframe for the activities should not exceed 3-6 months.
SUBMIT SECURE APPLICATION FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE HERE BELOW
TRACK 2: Grants to local CSO alliances to collectively counter civic space restrictions
ATTENTION: All available grants in 2023 under this Track have now been issued, and we are no longer accepting applications for Track-2 support. Track-2 is scheduled to re-open for new applications in the beginning of 2024, and any news regarding this will be announced on this site. For emergency assistance grants, please see the application form for Track-1 support above.
Funding will be granted to alliances of local civil society groups working together to collaboratively address a situation of closing civic space that is occurring or is about to occur in the country. Project activities must be planned and implemented collectively by two or more partner organizations with the aim of creating sustainable responses to civic space restrictions. The grant will cover expenses in connection with activities countering civic space restrictions, such as alliance building and strengthening among local civil society, advocacy work and campaigns, support and capacity building for local civil society actors, etc. Grants will fall within the range of EUR 15,000 and 20,000. Co-financing is allowed if needed provided that individual expenses are not covered by more than one source of funding. The timeframe should not exceed 12 months.