Rule of Law and Institution-building

Grants created to uphold the principle that everyone - from the individual to the government - is accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced, and independently adjudicated. This translates into improving the constitution, judicial system, and entire governing system, including rebuilding government institutions. The rule of law ensures stable institutions that promote a more stable, resilient society.

Select Year

$7.3 Million
out of $283.2 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $48,820

Top Funders

National Endowment for Democracy
$2.3 M
Ford Foundation
$2.3 M
Open Society Foundations
$957.3 K
Catalyst for Peace
$688.6 K
Arcus Foundation
$399.7 K
American Jewish World Service
$260.0 K
The Tinsley Foundation
$117.3 K
Fund for Global Human Rights, Inc.
$45.5 K
Humanity United
$38.8 K
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$35.0 K
Peace Direct
$34.5 K
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders
$26.4 K
Akiba Uhaki Foundation
$21.7 K
The Indigo Trust
$19.2 K
Ploughshares Fund
$15.0 K
KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights
$12.9 K
The New York Community Trust
$10.0 K
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.
$10.0 K
Urgent Action Fund - Africa
$6.1 K

Starting in 2014, the Open Society Foundations’ grants data is reported by and attributed to the individual legal entities that constitute the Foundations. Prior to 2014, grantmaking from these funders are collectively attributed to ‘Open Society Foundations’.


Regional Focus

Strategy Focus

Funding for General Support

10% $740,213 5 Grants = 11%

Sample Grants

  • National Endowment for Democracy
    awarded a grant for $39,600 to BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina

    To advance the process of transitional-justice and rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina by monitoring war crimes trials and producing daily coverage for the Justice Report online magazine, offering news and analysis on domestic war crimes trials, rule of law developments, past human rights abuses, and the impact these developments have on local communities.

  • Fund For Global Human Rights, Inc.
    awarded a grant for $40,000 to Centro Para Accion Legal en Derechos Humanos

    For general support of this organization, whose activities include promoting the rule of law by prosecuting cases at the national and international levels against high-level officials responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity.

  • The International Development Research Centre
    awarded a grant for $583,728 to Belun

    To conduct applied research to assess the legitimacy of the military and police in the eyes of different groups of Timorese and make policy recommendations for reforms.