Grants

Grants

The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe that contributes to advancing human rights in the digital sphere. See answers to our frequently asked questions here.

Types of grants

You can submit applications for three types of activities:
Litigation

Litigation support, for a single instance
Example: a constitutional challenge to recently adopted legislation on government surveillance.​

Research

Pre-litigation research
Example: a comparative study between EU jurisdictions to determine which one offers the best options to address a specific issue.​

Emergency

Emergency support
Example: a constitutional challenge to recently adopted legislation on government surveillance.​

Litigation
Litigation support, for a single instance

Example: a constitutional challenge to recently adopted legislation on government surveillance.

Research
Pre-litigation research

Example: a comparative study between EU jurisdictions to determine which one offers the best options to address a specific issue.

Emergency
Emergency support

Example: immediate costs related to filing an appeal on short notice.

Thematic focus areas

We are particularly interested in receiving applications for strategic cases that:

1.

Advance individuals' ability to exercise their right to privacy

1. Advance individuals' ability to exercise their right to privacy

Examples are cases that:

2.

Protect and promote the free flow of information online

2. Protect and promote the free flow of information online

Examples are cases that:

3.

Ensure accountability, transparency and the adherence to human rights standards in the use and design of technology

3. Ensure accountability, transparency and the adherence to human rights standards in the use and design of technology

Examples are cases that:

We also welcome applications for projects that fall outside these general thematic focus areas if they can contribute to advancing the respect for human rights in the digital sphere. Cases need to have the potential for impact extending beyond the parties directly involved in the case and for bringing about legislative, policy or social change.

See below under: What does DFF consider “strategic” litigation?

Digital rights

What does DFF consider "digital rights"?

DFF works with a broad definition of digital rights. We consider digital rights to be human rights as applicable in the digital sphere. The digital sphere covers both physically constructed spaces, such as infrastructure and devices, and spaces that are virtually constructed, such as online identities and communities.

Geographical scope

Geographical scope

DFF accepts grant applications concerning all Council of Europe Member States.

Strategic litigation

What does DFF consider “strategic” litigation?

In order to be considered strategic, litigation must have the potential to:

For further reading, see our three part blog series about strategic litigation.

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What does a successful application look like?

In your application, you must demonstrate to have carefully considered and be able to motivate: