Subventions Funds and grants for civil society

Funds, grants and fellowships are available to enable civil society to attend international conferences in Geneva.

Swiss AND GENEVA funds

The cantonal authorities have the means to enable NGO’s from Geneva to pursue active policies in support of international solidarity. Subsidies are available for the financing of travel and lodging of persons from developing countries who will be participating in conferences in Geneva.  For more information, please read the page related to projects funding of the NGO Support Service.


The City of Geneva and its Solidarity Fund proposes grants to civil society representatives, social movements and local communities to enhance their access to international events in Geneva. For more information, please read the conditions and procedure for application (French only).


IncomindiosThe Swiss organization Incomindios advocates for indigenous issues worldwide, with a special focus on North, Central and South America. Indigenous organizations can apply for financial support from the Swiss Fund, which is managed by Incomindios Switzerland, to cover delegates' living expenses during their participation in the meeting.


Funds of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)OHCHRFundsGuide

The Office offers funds and grants to support civil society in specific topics of interest. Civil society organisations such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local organizations, community based groups and professional associations generally meet conditions of eligibility to these funds and grants.
For more information, please read the practical guide (pdf document) by clicking on the image.

other funds


Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

In the framework of the Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with a learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.



United Nations Voluntary Fund on Disability

Priority is given to strengthening the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to take part in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 



UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking

Administered by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Victims' Trust Fund will support actual, on-the-ground humanitarian, legal and financial aid to victims of trafficking through a range of avenues, including governmental, inter-governmental and civil society organizations. 



WIPO Voluntary Fund for Accredited Indigenous and Local Communities

This fund aims at facilitating the participation of indigenous and local communities to the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC). Only representatives of local and indigenous communities who have been already accredited to the IGC are eligible for funding. 



Convention of Biological Diversity Voluntary Fund for Indigenous and Local Communities 

This voluntary funding mechanism aims at facilitating the participation of indigenous and local communities, giving special priority to those from developing countries and countries with economies in transition and small island developing States in meetings under the Convention, including meetings of the indigenous and local community liaison group and relevant meetings of ad hoc technical expert groups.