Application process

Application process

DFF is accepting grant applications now. Scroll to the bottom of the page to apply. The deadline for applications is 30 August 2021.

We will host two open consultation calls to explain the application process in more detail and answer any questions.

  • Tuesday 20 July 15:00 CEST
  • Thursday 22 July 11:00 CEST

Message us at grants@digitalfreedomfund.org to sign up.

To access the DFF grant platform scroll to the bottom of the page. To help think about a potential application, check out the application guides here and see examples of the digital rights work we are supporting on our case studies page.

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.

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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 given deadline. Any applications submitted outside of the given timeframe will not be considered.

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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 process is around three months from the initial submission until the final decision. 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