Our supporters

Our work is made possible by grants and charitable donations, and thanks to the support of our host organisation, Middlesex University. We could always do more with more resources, please support our work by making a donation of any size.

We receive support from a number of grant-making organisations and would like to thank the following for their kind and generous support:

Launched in 2006, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) replaces and builds upon the European Initiative (2000-2006). The thematic instrument has a broad scope of action. Its aim is to provide support for the promotion of democracy and human rights in non-EU countries. More information on this project can be found here.

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a philanthropic foundation based in Britain. It was set up in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing as a grant giving trust and is guided by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The funding categories are all human rights orientated and aim to form a coherent framework for the work of the Trust.


The Oak Foundation is a group of charitable and philanthropic organisations established in various countries. It commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, with funding from the US Congress, NED supports more than 1,000 projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries.


The Open Society Foundation (OSF), a private operating and grant-making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSF implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSF works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.


Avaaz was co-founded by a global civic advocacy group, an online community that has pioneered internet advocacy in the USA. Launched in January 2007, Avaaz promotes global activism on issues such as human rights, climate change, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. This is EHRAC’s first crowdfunded grant.


East-West Management Institute (EWMI) works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. EWMI is implementing a new five-year human rights and justice support programme funded by the USAID entitled Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG) Activity. The purpose of PROLoG is to strengthen the justice system in Georgia to ensure due process, judicial independence, and the protection of human rights.


Based in Brussels, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) works closely with civil society groups from different countries to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. Together with partners, IPHR monitors, documents and reports on human rights developments in the former Soviet Union in light of international standards. They carry out advocacy to influence the policies and actions of international institutions on human rights issues and campaign to raise awareness of pressing human rights concerns among a broader international public.


The Matrix Causes Fund is a charitable fund administered by Matrix Chambers. The Fund provides support to organisations in the UK and internationally which promote access to justice, equality of opportunity or a sustainable environment.

Other donors have included:

ACAT – Suisse
The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2005, 2006, 2007-2009, 2016)
Netherlands Helsinki Committee (2009-2010)
The Oakdale Charitable Trust
The Persula Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation