Disability Rights Fund

Building community capacity to achieve the human rights of all persons with disabilities.


The DRF Aims to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level. The fund operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands, and Eastern Europe. Funding is broken down into 3 groups:

  • Small Grants are one year grants ranging between USD 5,000 and 20,000
  • Mid-Level Coalition grants are 2 year grants ranging between USD 30,000 and 40,000 per year for 2 years
  • National Coalition grants are 2 year grants ranging between USD 30,000-$50,000 per year for 2 years

The Disability Rights Fund has 2 funding rounds per year: Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are publicized in February (round 1) and July (round 2). Each round addresses a different set of countries. For some countries, there is a two-step process that requires a Letter of Interest be submitted for review before organizations are asked to submit a full proposal.

How to apply

Full details on the Disability Rights Fund website

Background information on the fund

DFID has supported the DRF since its inception in 2008.

Published 26 August 2014