While providing a vital role in the funding of human rights and women's organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean, many prefer channel funds through organisations in the countries where they are based, in Europe and North America, which then send funds to local organisations. In addition many do not invite applications.


The International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) provides a Directory of Human Rights Funders, many of which are foundations.  They can be searched by geographic area, activities and human rights areas funded.  Unfortunately, the directory is only English, and so you may need to ask for help when referring to it.  The website stresses that, when considering making an application for funding, grantseekers should pay particular attention to the ‘how to apply’ section of the profile. Some funders do not accept unsolicited applications and if this is the case, you should not send a request for funding.  If funders do accept proposals, you should visit their website to ensure that you meet the application requirements.