The NHRF is now accepting new applications through a new online Grant Portal. 

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions thoroughly before you begin the process, to read more about the NHRF's conditions for support, geographical and thematic priorities, among others. 

Please note that you will be required to register as a user before you can sign in.


  • Work against impunity and for access to justice
  • work against discrimination and/or marginalisation of vulnerable individuals and groups
  • support to improved working conditions and security for human rights defenders


  • Advocacy towards decision makers
  • Access to justice
  • Competence building which equips vulnerable groups to make better use of existing legal frameworks to defend their rights
  • The NHRF grants can be given to Human Rights organisations working locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally.
  • The NHRF will assess project applications from the below mentioned countries.
  • The NHRF supports local initiatives and actors who know the local structures and work where human rights violations take place, so called front line organisations.
  • NHRF grant support can be separated into two categories:
    • support to projects in priority countries
    • support to human rights defenders at risk, which is not limited by geography.
  • The NHRF’s grant support is open to organisations working for the protection of human rights defenders (HRD) independent from the geographical priorities above
  • HRD grants can be given to organisations, institutions, networks and groups working for the protection of human rights defenders regardless of the country of origin, however at least one the following aims of the program must be met:
    • Better protection of human rights defenders at risk
    • Better working conditions for human rights defenders
    • Support human rights defenders were the situation is critical