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KIOS The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights

Organizational Mission:

KIOS promotes the realisation of human rights in developing countries as they are defined in the human rights treaties and instruments of the United Nations and the Council of Europe and in other correspondent regional human rights instruments.

To advance this mission KIOS funds human rights projects of developing countries and is thus a direct channel of support to projects that promote the realisation of human rights of the developing countries and human rights knowledge of civil society actors.

Human Rights Program Mission

KIOS supports human rights projects of civil society organisations.

Typical projects funded by KIOS include:

  • Human rights campaigning, lobbying and advocacy
  • Human rights monitoring and documentation
  • Human rights awareness raising and education
  • Providing legal aid
  • Capacity building

KIOS aims at supporting projects that especially deal with the rights of the most vulnerable groups, such as women, children, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, human rights defenders and people living in extreme poverty.  

For the strategic period 2011 - 2015 KIOS focuses its funding to the following countries:

  • In Eastern Africa: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
  • In South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. 
Grantmaking Information
Activities Supported:
Capacity Building and Technical Assistance
Documentation, Monitoring, and Reporting
Learning, Training, and Events/Activities
Geographic Focus:
South Asia
Sub Saharan Africa
Areas of human rights funding:
Disability Rights
Environmental Rights
Freedom of Association and Expression
Freedom from Torture & Degrading Treatment
Freedom of Religion and Conscience
Housing Rights
Human Rights Defenders
Human Trafficking and Slavery
Immigrant Rights
Indigenous Peoples
Labor and Worker Rights
Land Rights
Legal justice and systems
Prisoners and Detainees
Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Internally Displaced Persons
Reproductive Rights and Sexual Health
Right to Development
Right to Food
Right to Health
Peace and Security
Right to Self Determination
Right to Water and Sanitation
Right to Democracy and Civic Participation
Right to Education
Children and Youth
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Transparency and Right to Information
How to apply:

KIOS holds an open invitation for applicants. Funding applications are accepted throughout the year. There is no deadline for application submissions.

Only one application per organisation will be considered at any one time.

The first KIOS grant can be for a one year (or shorter) project.

We register only complete applications, and kindly ask you not to send any concept papers. 

Due to the large number of applications we can’t comment the possibility of having a favourable outcome on your application.

KIOS accepts only applications submitted on KIOS Application Form. The Application Form can be downloaded from here. The form can also be obtained from the KIOS office via email at kios [at] kios [dot] fi

Application must be signed by a competent authority of the applicant organisation. 

Compulsory attachments to the application are:

  • Project Budget
  • Two Written References for the project
  • Applicant Organisation’s Annual Budget
  • Applicant Organisation’s Statutes or By-laws
  • Applicant Organisation’s Registration Certificate
  • Applicant Organisation’s Annual Report
  • Applicant Organisation’s Latest Audit Reports (from the two previous years)
  • For the two written references use KIOS reference form.
Organization Information
Haapaniemenkatu 7-9 B
+358 9 6813 1534
+358-9-6813 1531
Contact Information
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Last Updated: Mar 25, 2011