Disability Rights Fund

About the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and its sister organization, the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), are a dynamic collaboration between donors and the global disability rights community.  DRF supports persons with disabilities around the world to build diverse movements, ensure inclusive development agendas, and achieve equal rights and opportunity for all.  DRAF supports advocacy for legislative change.  The DRF/DRAF Strategic Plan outlines our three primary strategies: grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance.  At present, DRF/DRAF provide resources to organizations that advocate for human rights and are led by persons with disabilities in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean.


The Funds – which are based on a participatory grantmaking model – currently have a total annual budget of approximately USD 8.6 million and provide more than USD 6.7 million per year to fuel disability rights and inclusion.  Each year, the Funds make approximately 100-125 grants (of USD 5,000-50,000 each) to organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to advance the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including to pursue implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Funds also provide technical assistance to support (i) movement building to ensure inclusion of marginalized sectors of the disability movement and (ii) rights advocacy, especially in national, regional, and global fora. In pursuing these activities, the Funds promote bridge-building across human rights movements to ensure inclusive and participatory approaches that advance an intersectional understanding of rights and leave no one behind.