Grants Program

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Relevent Country: China

The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) is pleased to announce the International Grants Program to assist organizations based outside of Taiwan to carry out projects to promote democracy and human rights.

Project Priority Areas

The strategic priority areas for the international grants program are:

  • Projects that leverage Taiwan’s experience in democracy and human rights development.
  • Projects that address the challenges to democracy and human rights raised by China, either internally or externally.
  • Projects that strengthen democracy and human rights in East Asia (including both Northeast and Southeast Asia).

Project Catogeries

  • Advocacy projects Promoting democracy and human rights through developing effective, cooperative domestic and international networks at the civil society-level;
  • Research Conducting in-depth, systematic, analytical and/or empirical studies in the democracy and human rights fields;
  • Conferences Engaging experts and other interested parties in forums, seminars, or workshops, to discuss issues related to democracy and human rights;
  • Publications Advancing democracy and human rights through print or visual media, for example, through books, articles, and films.
  • Educational programs Enhancing knowledge of democratic and human rights systems, such as through capacity-building and training programs.

Types of Grants

  • International grants
  • Domestic grants, and
  • Grants to Taiwan’s major political parties

Funding Information

  • The Foundation normally does not provide full funding for any particular project; therefore, other sources of funding should also be sought, and these should be indicated on the application form.
  • In terms of scale, the Foundation is not permitted to award grants exceeding US$100,000.
  • The majority of grants awarded by the Foundation fall within a range between US$3,000 and US$20,000, and the average grant size is approximately US$5,000.
  • The Foundation’s accounting rules do not permit funding for certain types of budget items, notably capital expenditures (i.e., purchases of equipment, etc.), salaries for permanent staff, and fixed overhead costs. The general principle is that the Foundation’s funding may only be spent on direct project costs, and not for institutional support of grantees. The following are examples of items that may or may not be covered (this list is not exhaustive, but for indication purposes only)

Eligibility Criteria

  • International non-governmental organizations, academic institutions or think tanks, and other related organizations are eligible to apply.