Assistance Fund for Embattled Civil Society Organizations
The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack and advocacy support responding to broader threats to civil society.
EMERGENCY FUNDSWho is eligible? Defined as an established group of two or more activists, a CSO is eligible for support if it has come under attack as a result of its activities. It does not need to be officially registered but must be able to document its history of activism.
What constitutes an emergency? An emergency is an urgent need for assistance arising from threats to a CSO or its staff on the basis of the organization’s work. Factors to be considered include: need, urgency, and whether the CSO faces significant security risks, loss of property or equipment, injury or imprisonment of staff, and/or prosecution or other legal proceedings.
What types of emergency support are provided? Lifeline provides small, short-term emergency grants for medical expenses, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, security, equipment replacement, and other types of urgently needed expenses. By definition, emergency assistance is finite and given to address a time-sensitive threat. An emergency may constitute the need for more than one type of assistance (i.e. medical and legal, or prison visits and equipment replacement).
How can you submit an application for emergency support? To inquire about submitting an application, please contact [email protected].
How do we process emergency requests? We review all applications based on the eligibility criteria described above. In this review, we independently verify the information provided by the applicant and determine a safe means of disbursal.
Lifeline is a consortium of seven international partners, including:
What types of advocacy support is provided? Lifeline provides support to CSOs to conduct short-term advocacy initiatives that aim to raise domestic and international awareness of a specific threat or restriction on civil society. Funding for these initiatives is provided by member organizations of the Lifeline Consortium.
URGENT APPEALSThe Lifeline also provides an opportunity to raise domestic and international awareness of specific threats and restrictions on civil society via urgent appeals submitted through member networks and by other means. Contact a member of the Lifeline Consortium if your organization wishes to propose an appeal.
SIMILAR FUNDSFreedom House also supports the work of civil society through other funds similar to Lifeline:
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