Freedom House, together with Front Line Defenders, and other 19 governments, are providing support to civil society organizations that are under threat or attack, through the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.
The grants can address things related, but not limited to medical expenses, security, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, and equipment replacement.
Through the Fund, there are three types of grants allocated:
1. Short-term emergency assistance to CSOs threatened because of their human rights work.
Please note that under this category are included CSOs with at least two or more members that are threatened; the CSOs don’t have to be officially registered (but they have to prove their history of activism through a document). It also includes journalist associations, network organizations, student groups, labor unions etc.
The grant covers support for significant security risks, loss of property or equipment, injury or imprisonment of staff, and/or prosecution or other legal proceedings.
For more information, please access the following link: https://www.csolifeline.org/emergency-assistance
2. Rapid response advocacy grants – offering support to push back restrictions on civic space.
This grant supports short-term initiatives that are drawing attention towards civic space challenges: threats to freedom of association, assembly, and expression or attacks on civil society. These grants are flexible and support initiatives that go from community mobilization, policy and legal analysis, strategic litigation etc.
More details regarding the rapid response advocacy can be found at: https://www.csolifeline.org/advocacy-grants-1 .
3. Resilience grants – providing support to CSOs at high-risk to avoid or mitigate the threats they face.
These grants include developing, expanding, and offering protection to networks and local support mechanisms, sharing protection and resilience strategies nationally, regionally and/or internationally, as well as legal protection.
For more information regarding the resilience grants, please visit the following link: https://www.csolifeline.org/resiliency-grants .