Human Rights Fund (HRF)

The Netherlands promotes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of every citizen. Human rights are the cornerstone of human dignity, freedom and development, and form the basis for open and free societies all over the world. There can be no democracy or rule of law if these rights are not promoted and protected. The Netherlands has a rich tradition of defending human rights, both at home and abroad. Doing so is a moral and legal obligation, besides which respect for human rights leads to a more stable and prosperous world, which also benefits the Netherlands.

The Human Rights Fund is the instrument through which the embassies support activities of local civil society organizations aimed at protecting and promoting human rights. The projects concerned contribute to the implementation of human rights obligations by which a country has already agreed to be bound, or to the dialogue about human rights in a country. In allocating funds, consideration is given to the seriousness of the human rights situation in relation to the Netherlands’ human rights priorities and the likely effectiveness of the intended activities.

If you are interested in submitting your project proposal for HRF support please see the:

Embassy HRF Policy Framework

HRF Project Application Form

HRF Project Budget Form

Reporting Requirements

Financial Report Form


If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands at:
Milentija Popovića 5b
11000 Belgrade

Tel: +381 11 2023 900

Policy Officer - Aleksandra Kalinić