Application process

Application process

DFF is currently accepting grant applications.

The current call for grant applications will run until Friday 1 July, 12:00 CEST.

To prepare in advance or help write your application, check out the application guides here and see examples of the digital rights work we are supporting on our case studies page.

The DFF Programme Officer will also host two “ask us anything” calls related to DFF grants. The dates and times for the calls are below. If you would like to join either call, please write to grants@digitalfreedomfund.org.

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022, 15:00 CEST
  • Thursday 9 June 2022, 11:00 CEST
The application process consists of the following steps:
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Step 1: Concept note

The first step in applying for DFF support is submitting a concept note.

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Step 2: Full application

Upon evaluation of the concept note, applicants will be given feedback on their submission and invited to submit a full application if the evaluation is favourable.
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Step 3: Evaluation by Panel of Experts

The full application will be evaluated with the assistance of our Panel of Experts, on the basis of which a recommendation will be made to the DFF Board.

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Step 4: Decision by DFF Board

The DFF Board makes the final decision on all applications.

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Step 1: Concept note

The first step in applying for DFF support is submitting a concept note.

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Step 1: Eligibility check

The first step in applying for DFF support is completing an eligibility check through the DFF grant platform. DFF offers two kinds of grant support: litigation track and pre-litigation research.

An eligibility check can be submitted at any time while a call for applications is open, but we recommend submitting your eligibility check as early in the call period as possible so you have more time to work on your application. DFF aims to respond to eligibility checks usually within one, but maximum of three working days.

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Step 2: Full application

Upon evaluation of the concept note, applicants will be given feedback on their submission and invited to submit a full application if the evaluation is favourable.

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Step 2: Full application

If your request meets the eligibility criteria you will be given access to the full application form. Applications must be submitted through the DFF grant platform by the call for applications deadline. Any applications submitted outside of the given timeframe will not be considered.

Make sure you complete Step 1 as early as possible so that you have plenty of time for Step 2.

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Step 3: Evaluation by Panel of Experts

The full application will be evaluated with the assistance of our Panel of Experts, on the basis of which a recommendation will be made to the DFF Board.
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Step 3: Evaluation by Panel of Experts

Applications clearly falling outside the scope of DFF’s grantmaking criteria will not go through to the next step. Applications that meet the grantmaking criteria will be fully evaluated with the assistance of our Panel of Experts, on the basis of which a recommendation will be made to the DFF Board.

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Step 4: Decision by DFF Board

The DFF Board makes the final decision on all applications.
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Step 4: Decision by DFF Board

The DFF Board makes the final decision on all applications.

Timing

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Assessment

We strive to complete the assessment of concept notes in 3 weeks’ time.

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Regular application

The turnaround time for the subsequent application process is estimated at 2 months for a regular application.

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Emergency support

The turnaround time for the subsequent application process is at 3 weeks for emergency support.

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Application and assessment process

The overall duration of the application review process is around three months from the deadline of the call for applications until the final decision by the DFF Board. This estimate assumes all application materials are complete and there are no complicating factors. While DFF strives to adhere to this timing, it does not reflect any formal obligation of DFF towards applicants.

Contact

For questions concerning the application process, please see our FAQ page or contact grants@digitalfreedomfund.org