Application process

Application process

DFF accepts grant applications on a rolling basis. Calls for applications for special projects will be announced separately on the DFF website.
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.

An icon of a pencil writing on a page.

Step 1: Concept note

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

An icon of a document with a paper clip attached.

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.

An icon of a document with a paper clip attached.

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.
A graphic displaying a clip board with a check mark.

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.
A graphic displaying a clip board with a check mark.

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.
A graphic displaying a document and an official seal.

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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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.

Please note that these are estimated timeframes, assuming all application materials are complete and there are no complicating factors. While DFF strives to adhere to these timings, they do 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