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Rights & Security International (RSI) is seeking proposals from legally registered charities in Brazil for new research on the impact of security laws and programs on civil society or movements for justice. We may award up to £3,500 to one successful applicant.
RSI is an international human rights organization that promotes people’s rights in the national security context. After defending rights in the UK for 30 years, we now seek to protect rights and hold governments to account around the world.
The Rise Coalition, which grant applicants may be invited to join, is a collection of civil society groups and human rights defenders around the world working together to promote human rights and end violations committed in the name of “security.” Rise Coalition members will share knowledge and ideas for creative strategies to defend human rights, protect civic space and seek accountability for rights violations.
Organizations that are willing to join the network – which is free – can now apply for a research grant of up to £3,500 from RSI.
If joining the network would not be safe for your organization, you can still apply for the grant and you will not need to join.
We will consider applications from registered charities or other legally recognized not-for-profit organizations headquartered anywhere in Brazil.
What we can fund
We will consider funding the research and publication of a fact-finding report about:
1. The different narratives around “security” used by governments in Latin America to support the implementation of legislation and policies that affect civil society, human rights defenders or movements for justice.
2. The shrinking of civic space (including online) in Latin America, and the impact of this on the activities of local civil society groups, human rights defenders or movements for justice.
3. The proposal or implementation of legislation and policies in Latin America which restrict or threaten the work of civil society groups, human rights defenders, or movements for justice.
Your proposal can involve one or more of these topics.
We are looking for original research and analysis that will explain:
- The origins and nature of any harms to human rights arising from security policies;
- How civil society and groups in vulnerable situations are affected by governmental action on “security”;
- The laws, policies or programs involved;
- What government bodies or other decision-makers could do differently to uphold rights; and
- What the international community could do to help increase rights protections.
Connecting applicants to the Rise Coalition
Groups that apply for these funds should be willing to connect with other Rise Coalition members to share ideas and – when possible – work together on creative advocacy, unless this would not be safe for your group.
If you apply for this funding, we may invite you to join the Rise Coalition even if your application is not successful.
Your project can extend for up to 9 months. Your work on the project should begin by March 2022.
What we will not fund
Organizations or associations that are not legally registered in Brazil
How to apply
Please apply by completing the form below and sending it to email@example.com by 10 January 2022.
How we will handle your data
We may retain your application for up to two years for monitoring and evaluation purposes. After no more than two years, we will delete your application materials from our files. You may contact us to request that we delete your materials earlier.
We may also retain your contact information for up to two years and use it to contact you regarding the Rise Coalition, training opportunities or other RSI activities. After two years, if you are not actively participating in the Rise Coalition or corresponding with RSI, we will make reasonable efforts to delete your contact information. You may ask us to stop contacting you and/or delete your contact information at any time.
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