Flexible Response Mechanism


The Flexible Response Mechanism supports civil society organisations in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – in a flexible and fast way in a highly unpredictable and turbulent environment.


The total yearly budget for Flexible Response Mechanism is DKK 5,000,000.

Who can apply?

The Flexible Response Mechanism supports a broad variety of civil society actors, including (but not limited to):

  • Human rights defenders
  • Artists and/or cultural non-governmental organisations
  • Journalists and documentarists
  • Trade unions or other non-governmental labour organisations;
  • Associations, networks or any other organisation that represents a certain voice/group in a society
  • Civil society actors in the Eastern Neighbourhood Countries currently in exile with a previous or existing partnership with a Danish organisation

…that are under pressure due to:

  • emergencies;
  • war and/or conflict;
  • drastic change in political or legislative context (positive or negative);
  • rapidly closing space and/or fundamental human rights under threat;
  • deterioration of legislative framework and legal protection;
  • sudden political tension or polarisation;
  • external and/or internal threat to the existence or unhindered operations.

Please note, that all applicants must have a Danish-based organisation as a partner. Consortium member organisations of the New Democracy Fund can be such a partner.

What kind of initiatives are supported?

The Flexible Response Mechanism strives to support projects that focus on:

  • Countering restrictions and human rights abuses, to overcome risks and emergencies and reclaim civic space
  • Using new windows of opportunity and new political openings
  • Providing emergency assistance to individuals of all genders and groups under threat, where the support is channelled through a civil society organisation

Maximum grant amount awarded: 400.000 DKK. Co-financing is allowed if needed.
Timeframe: max. 1 year. Please note, that all activities must be concluded before the end of 2026

How to apply

Please, read the full guidelines before applying:

Flexible Response Guidelines 2023

In order to apply, please fill out the following forms in English:

Application, budget, and work plan should be sent to: frm@newdemocracyfund.org

Deadline for submission:
Rolling application deadline


Applications are handled on a rolling basis. Potential applicants should expect a processing time of two to four months.


We kindly ask that all questions are sent to frm@newdemocracyfund.org