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.

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$4.5 Million
out of $435.4 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $25,000

Top Funders

Foundation to Promote Open Society
$1.7 M
Open Society Institute
$1.0 M
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
$400.0 K
Carnegie Corporation of New York
$300.0 K
Ford Foundation
$275.0 K
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$240.0 K
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Inc.
$150.0 K
United States Institute of Peace
$99.0 K
KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights
$71.9 K
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$35.0 K
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.
$35.0 K
The Rockefeller Foundation
$30.0 K
Fund for Global Human Rights, Inc.
$25.0 K
Colombe Peace Foundation
$20.0 K
Ploughshares Fund
$20.0 K
Greater Houston Community Foundation
$18.9 K
$15.0 K
Global Dialogue
$13.5 K
Nexus Fund
$13.4 K
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
$10.0 K
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
$5.0 K
The Prospect Hill Foundation, Inc.
$5.0 K
$3.4 K
Urgent Action Fund - Africa
$2.8 K
Freedom House, Inc.
$1.6 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

50% $2,265,729 6 Grants = 22%

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.