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Funding Criteria

Who and Where We Fund

  • The Arab Human Rights Fund supports:
  • Non-governmental human rights organizations, networks, and coalitions (registered and unregistered)
  • Well-established organizations with a demonstrated record of good work, and new and informal groups that show potential to carry out important initiatives
  • Organizations carrying out human rights work in enforced exile
  • Human rights programs in and initiatives by local development and other NGOs, and educational institutions.

The Fund makes grants to projects in the Arabic-speaking region and Arabic-speaking communities in adjacent countries. The Fund defines the “Arab region” as the 22 members of the Arab League.

What We Fund

Rights and Constituencies

The Fund supports the promotion, protection, and advancement of the full spectrum of human rights – civil, political, economic, social, and cultural – and the human rights of all constituencies, e.g., women, children, minorities, persons with disabilities.


The Fund supports the full range of strategic approaches and methods, including:

  • Documenting and reporting on human rights violations
  • Advocating for government adherence to human rights standards
  • Public education to inform people about their human rights and how to exercise them
  • Networking and coalition building to carry out human rights campaigns
  • Litigating human rights cases before domestic, regional national and/or international courts.


  • The Fund’s grants policy excludes the following from eligibility:
  • Endowments
  • Purchase of real estate or construction of buildings
  • Partisan politics
  • Religious activities (understood as promoting or negating religion; projects looking at religious conception of human rights are not excluded)
  • International organizations directly (can fund local partner organization)
  • For-profit activities or enterprises, unless related to organizational sustainability.