Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

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1. How can I know if I am eligible for the Grant?

Admissibility criteria are clearly listed in the Eligibility Checklist. For more detailed information about the Grant's criteria and focuses, please read the Grant's Background document.


For the 2019 edition, the proposals must be linked to security and human rights matters linked to the operations of the extractive industry (mining, oil&gas, etc.) and/or those of private security service providers.

Additionally, the project you are submitting must respect at least one of the following thematic areas:

  • Gender, Security and Human Rights; and/or
  • Human Rights Defenders and Security; and/or
  • Media  as  a  tool  to  promote  dialogue  towards better  security  and  human  rights implementation.

Be careful, it is not sufficient to respect the thematic axes to be eligible. The project must be related to security and human rights issues in contexts affected by natural resources extraction and/or with a significant presence of private security providers.

2. How to apply?

Check first if your organisation and your suggested project are eligible for the Grant.
Once you are sure this is the case, please fill the Project Proposal Template and the Budget Template in a clear, structured and concise manner and submit these documents to the adress

3. Can the same international organisation submit several applications in partnership with local organisations in several countries?

Yes, this is possible, but since the grant is mainly oriented towards supporting local organizations based in countries of the Global South, it is really necessary that projects submitted in collaboration with an international organization have a significant capacity building component.

4. Can our project take into consideration security in relation to Artisanal and Small Scale mining (ASM)?

It is possible if the project takes into consideration the interactions between ASM and industrial mining and/or private security providers. The project must also respect the thematic focuses listed in the Background Document.

5. What "Security" do you mean when you talk about "Security and Human Rights"?

In the context of the Security and Human Rights Grant 2019, Security encompasses "security providers" (Private or Public), with their arrangements, behaviours, trainings, practices, etc. and how these can affect local communities. In this sense, "Security and Human Rights" refers to human rights compliant security practices in context where local actors and businesses (international or local) are interacting.

6. What does Global South mean? Can I apply?

For this edition of the Grant, any local organisation based in a country that is not in Europe, North America or Australia/New Zealand can apply. However, the most important aspect is that applicants are compliant with the main admissibility criteria and that they respect the scope as well as the thematic focuses of the Grant.

7. Can an academic institution be admissible for the Grant?

We consider the role of the academic world in the civil society to be very important yet somewhat different from the role of an NGO or another type of civil society organization. In particular, the academic world, by focusing on research, is generally not directly involved in the implementation of good practices, but rather in the formulation of conceptual instruments that other actors can use in a second stage. For this reason, a project that foresees the exclusive participation of an academic institution will not be admissible, but a project that establishes the collaboration between an academic institution and other civil society actors can be eligible.

Consult the Grant's Background Document for general information on the Security and Human Rights Grant and check if you are eligible with the Eligibility Checklist.

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Nous sommes une ONG de droit congolais de la République Démocratique du Congo. Nous travaillons avec le franc congolais, mais dans nos projets et transactions avec des partenaires extérieurs nous travaillons avec des dollars américains. pouvons-nous présenter le budget de notre projet en dollars américains ? Merci beaucoup.
Bonjour, Merci pour votre intérêt dans le SHRIM. Normalement, nous travaillons avec des Francs Suisses (CHF), mais vous pouvez nous soumettre un Budget en USD et nous vous demanderons de revoir cela dans un deuxième temps, dans le cas ou votre proposition serait selectionnée. Meilleures salutations, l'équipe du SHRIM