Rapid Response Fund
The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is an independent non-profit organization committed to advancing global Internet freedom. OTF supports projects focused on counteracting repressive censorship and surveillance, enabling citizens worldwide to exercise their fundamental human rights online.
The Rapid Response Fund aims to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.
The Rapid Response Fund offers two types of support to organizations, activists, journalists, and other human rights defenders facing digital attacks and emergencies of various kinds:
- technological services from trusted service partners (Tierra Comun, Greenhost, and Qurium Media Foundation),
- direct financial support for the many needs that cannot be fulfilled by available service partners.
Deadline: OTF accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Grant size: Anywhere from $1 to $50,000 (for direct financial support).
Eligibility: Support is only available through the Rapid Response Fund when there is a clear and time-sensitive digital emergency in which an applicant is seeking short-term and urgent support.