Digital Whistleblowing Fund: New Grant Program To Support Whistleblowing Initiatives

Posted in News at 15.11.2018

The Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights and Renewable Freedom Foundation announce the launch of The Digital Whistleblowing Fund, a micro-grant program that aims to enable investigative journalism groups and human rights grassroots organizations to receive financial, operational and strategic support in starting a secure digital whistleblowing initiative, as part of their social mission.

Digital Whistleblowing fund is supported by OSIFE in its first call for application meant for projects operating within Europe.

Grants awarded to successful organizations will be divided into micro grants up to €3.000 in financial support and tech and consultancy services to support the startup of their digital whistleblowing initiative. Services provided include platform setup, configuration and customization assistance, training and strategic advisory service for the whistleblowing project design and setup.

The tech solution is based on GlobaLeaks, an open-source, free software developed by the Hermes Center to enable the easy creation of secure and anonymous whistleblowing platforms.

A selection committee composed of key individuals/organizations from the whistleblowing, journalism, activism, anti-corruption and hacking ecosystems will evaluate the received applications.

The Digital Whistleblowing Fund will run periodical thematic calls. The theme of the first round is “Anti-corruption Activism”. Applications will be open from 15th November to 31st December.

Donors and funders can partner with Digital Whistleblowing Fund to startup specific funding calls, being geographical (e.g. East Asia, MENA) or thematic (investigative journalism, reporting on human rights violations).

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