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The CYRILLA Collaborative is a global initiative that seeks to map and analyse the evolution and impacts of legal frameworks on digital environments, particularly in the global South.

The Cyberrights Research Initiative and Localized Legal Almanac (CYRILLA) also aims to organise and make accessible the world’s digital rights-related jurisprudence so that a wide range of actors can more readily and confidently access legal trends as they shape and impact digitally networked spaces, highlighting threats to human rights and opportunities for policy and legal reform.

To realise that mission, the CYRILLA Collaborative manages an open and federated resource toolkit and online database, to accelerate the structuring, sharing, comparison, visualisation, and interoperability of legal information on digital rights. The database is built on HURIDOC’s Uwazi platform and includes legal information on digital rights from more than 90 countries provided by the organisations in the Collaborative. 

The Collaborative comprises several organisations, namely Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Social Media Exchange (SMEX), Columbia Global Freedom of Expression (CGFoE), and Derechos Digitales (DD). Each partner works on developing their open tools on digital rights that can be adopted and adapted as needed by any individual or organisation grappling with questions involving legal restrictions on digital rights.

Grant summary and eligibility

The Collaborative will award four grants for advocacy-oriented initiatives, particularly those that aim to highlight and influence digital rights policies which impact marginalised communities in the following regions: Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia).

The grants are limited to non-profit non-governmental organisations that demonstrate a tangible presence in the target region and active engagement in activities around digital rights policy and advocacy. Therefore, we invite digital rights organisations, human rights organisations, civil society organisations, and advocacy groups to submit proposals. The applicant organisations should be legally registered in their country of operation.

The proposals for advocacy grants will be evaluated by a committee made up of the partner organisations in the Collaborative following these selection criteria:

  • The extent to which the proposals relate to the call

  • The extent to which activities and outputs in the proposal are clearly defined

  • The extent to which target audiences are defined and activities suited to such audiences

  • The extent to which the proposal is feasible given the budget and time frame

  • The extent to which the envisaged outcomes positively impact communities identified as marginalised in the proposal.

The grants awarded will be for a duration of up to six months.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 August 2023.

Application instructions

Applicants shall submit the following documents in English Language and Microsoft Word format:

  1. A cover letter detailing the structure of the organisation, its missions, experience, and its interest in the research programme outlined above.

  2. A proposal not more than five pages (including annexes) covering the following elements:

  • Evidence of previous relevant experience

  • Intended project theme/topic and its scope

  • Project overview, describing how the proposed project fits the key requirements outlined above

  • Project methodology and structure (high-level work plan)

  • Project breakdown and objectives

  • Key project risks and proposed mitigation strategies.

  1. A proposed budget up to USD 5,000.

All submissions are to be sent to by the call for proposal submission deadline.

For further enquiries, please email