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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). 

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: