Application process

Application process

Our next call for applications should open around November 2023, and run until February 2024.

To prepare ahead of time for when the next call for applications opens or to help write your application in advance, 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: Eligibility check

The first step in applying for DFF support is completing an eligibility check. DFF offers two kinds of grant support: litigation track and pre-litigation research. Access the eligibility check form on our online grant platform using the link at the bottom of this page.

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 within three working days.

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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

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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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. For example, if the application deadline is 1 March, you can expect a final decision in June. 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.


For questions concerning the application process, please see our FAQ page or contact the grants team by clicking the envelope below.