IHEU-HIVOS Grants for Humanist Organizations

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the world union of Humanist, rationalist, secularist and atheist organisations with over 100 member organizations in more than 40 countries.

IHEU promotes and defends freedom of conscience and expression, and advocates for the separation of religion and state.

HIVOS is the renowned Dutch Humanist funding agency, and a Specialist Member of IHEU, with headquarters in The Hague in the Netherlands, and regional offices in Bangalore, Harare and Costa Rica.

IHEU and HIVOS have been collaborating since 1988 to promote a Humanist oriented development, through human rights and Humanist networking oriented projects.

All applications regarding this program should be directed to IHEU.

Humanist organizations in developing countries (according to the DAC list) can apply for grants.

The organization does not necessarily have to be a member of IHEU, but must have objects that align with those required for membership of IHEU.

A group of individuals who are seeking to establish a Humanist organization in those countries may also apply.

The project should achieve specified goals in one or more of the following areas: promoting Humanism, promoting secularism, promoting human rights, promoting scientific method, or building competence and capacity of the organization itself.


  • Budgets in applications must be made in Euros and also indicate the local currency equivalent.
  • Projects should preferably be completed within the year of 2010, but projects lasting up to three years can apply for funding for all three years from the start.
  • A total of Euros 75,000 is available and the maximum funding for a single project is Euro 10,000 per year.
  • Where travel funding is allocated, the cheapest economy class air fare / Apex air fare / cheapest train travel along with minimum living expenses only will be paid.
  • The purpose of travel must be consistent with the projects that IHEU would normally support under this funding programme.
  • The grant cannot be used for capital costs, e.g. equipment, computer, etc.
  • When approved, funding is guaranteed for only one year at a time.

    Deadline: 1st September

    For more information and application, visit: IHEU-HIVOS Grants for Humanist Organizations Website