How to apply for an annual grant

The United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture has launched the 2023 Call for Applications on 15 January 2022.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 March 2022

Please refer to the Call for Applications circular for details.

Who can apply

The UN General Assembly mandated the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture to distribute voluntary contributions to victims of torture through “established channels of assistance”. As a general rule, only applications by civil society organizations are admissible. Applications by governmental, parliamentary or administrative entities, political parties or national liberation movements are inadmissible.

Types of grants

The Fund awards two types of annual grants: direct assistance and capacity building (instructions below). The Fund also awards emergency grants for direct assistance.

When to apply for an annual grant

The call for annual grant applications is open every year from 15 January to 1 March (applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted). Direct assistance and capacity building annual grants are awarded for a one-year period (1 January to 31 December) of the following year for amounts ranging from 30,000 USD to 100,000 USD.  


Applications must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. 

How to apply 

Organizations wishing to apply must do so through the online grant application system (GMS) through the following steps:

  1. Organizations must first register on the online platform;
  2. Once they have created an account, organizations should answer all questions and complete all fields in the online application form;
  3. Once organizations have completed their application, they should submit it through the same online platform (only applications submitted through GMS will be considered).

Reference documents

For more detailed information about how to apply for a grant, organizations are invited to read about the annual grant cycle and consult the following documents: 

The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
Apply for a grant
Contribute to the Fund
Others involved
Contact information

United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture,
OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneve 10,

Tel: (41) 22 917 9315
Fax: (41) 22 917 9017