Guidelines for Emergency Intervention


Applicants seeking an emergency intervention by the Foundation in support of their situations/activities must submit a written request in Arabic, English or French that meets the below-mentioned guidelines.



Please send your application in a 'word' format to the following email address:

You can download the application form here.


Preliminary considerations:

  • Requests for emergency funding are considered when applicants can show that an intervention by the EMHRF will help counter threats against their lives and/or those of members of their family and reinforce the visibility and pursuit of their activities at a strategic timing.
  • The amount of funding requested may not exceed € 5,000.
  • The request is such that it cannot be fully supported on an emergency basis by another national, regional or international organisation.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to ask for any other explanation/documentation to the candidates if needed and to decide on whether it will provide full or partial support.

The guidelines governing emergency interventions are as follows:

1. Background information about the applicant

  • Designation of the applicant - Individual defender, NGO, Other
  • Country of origin
  • Country of residence, if different from country of origin
  • Contact details

2. Background information about the context

  • A description of the context for which emergency assistance is requested and of the urgent nature of the situation. Include a detailed description of the applicant's activities in defense of human rights. If available, include elinks to relevant websites.
  • A description of the threats against the defender(s) or the NGO on the pursuit of his/her activities, if any.
  • A description of the security management practices (ensuring the security of employees, partners and activities) used by the organisation, if any.

3. Urgent request

  • Amount of funding requested (indicate currency).
  • A description of the needs to be covered in emergency and attach a budget and documentation to substantiate the expenses budget, if available.
  • Duration of the requested support.
  • A description of the expected outcomes of the urgent intervention.
  • A description of how the applicant plans to cover living costs / secure the continuation of the NGO's activities after the end of the requested grant.
  • Indication of whether the applicant has submitted their funding request to other possible donours, and if so to provide a list of donours and the amounts requested.

4. References

  • The applicant is to provide a list of human rights oganinsations acting as partners in the applicants activities.
  • The applicant is to provide at least two references/partners who would be contacted to support or endorse the applicants request.


⇒ The candidates can express themselves freely in their application and are free to provide further details.

All requests, including those which are denied, receive a written reply. Even when an application is denied, the EMHRF Secretariat may follow-up if it can be determined that another organisation is in a position to support the applicant’s request.