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Civil society organizations seeking support may access funds through:

  • Requests for Proposals for Technical Assistance and Capacity Building: The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) conducts open competitions for proposals based on the bureau’s program areas and target countries and regions. For funding requests, please go to: or

  • Small Grants: Through its network of embassies and consulates, the Department will support a select number of local civil society organizations with small grants to implement short term projects. For small grant requests, contact your local embassy or consulate.

“Dignity for All”: LGBTI Emergency Assistance Program

“Dignity for All,” the Fund’s rapid response mechanism, provides emergency and preventative assistance to civil society organizations under physical threat or unable to operate freely without serious harassment or threat of retaliation due to their work related to LGBTI human rights issues. Implemented by a global consortium of organizations, “Dignity for All” also augments the capacity of organizations to respond to security concerns and enables advocates to respond quickly to events that signal a backsliding in the protection of human rights. Specific support may include emergency assistance to civil society groups and victims of abuse, small grants for advocacy initiatives and support to LGBTI civil society organizations to implement long-term security plans. Dignity For All Fact Sheet


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