Open Technology Fund – The Rapid Response Fund

Deadline: ongoing
Open to: any organization or person within OTF’s remit who requires urgent assistance related to a digital emergency
Award:  average support amounts are between 5,000 and 25,000 USD


The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response community 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: 1) technological services from trusted service partners and 2) direct financial support for the many needs that cannot be fulfilled by available service partners. For either form of support, the process starts with a single application. Support is only available through the Rapid Response Fund when there is a clear time-sensitive digital emergency in which an applicant is seeking short-term and urgent support.


Any organization or person within OTF’s remit who requires urgent assistance related to a digital emergency can apply to the Rapid Response Fund.

Individuals should meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for funding:

  • Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, creed or sex;
  • Individuals who demonstrate skill and ability to conduct rapid response work;
  • Individuals who have intimate knowledge of the communities they are working with, and the digital threats they experience.

Applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) are not eligible to apply.


  • The total value of support cannot exceed 50,000 USD;
  • Average support amounts are between 5,000 and 25,000 USD.

How to apply?

In order to apply you need to fill in the application form.

For more information please visit the official website.