Freedom House is a head of consortium of 7 international non-governmental organizations supported 19 governments that aims to push back against civic space threats. Organization works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties. Freedom House acts as a catalyst for freedom through a combination of analysis, advocacy, and action.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
Target group: human rights defenders, LGBT+ rights defenders
LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency assistance; security, opportunity, and advocacy rapid response grants (SOAR grants); and security assessment and training to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex human rights.
Freedom House through Lifeline provides small, short-term emergency grants to CSOs threatened because of their human rights work. Lifeline grants can address security, medical expenses, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, equipment replacement, and other urgently needed expenses.
Given the global crackdown on civil society, many CSOs face legal, administrative, judicial harassment; direct violence; arbitrary arrest, detention, and imprisonment; and surveillance or intimidation. Freedom House Lifeline rapid response resiliency grants provide support to at-risk CSOs to proactively avoid or mitigate the threats they face and help them continue to work in high-risk environments.
Freedom House Lifeline rapid response advocacy grants give local CSOs the resources to push back against closures of civic space as they arise. Lifeline advocacy grants are highly flexible, and can support a wide variety of activities, such as community mobilization, policy and legal analysis, civil society coalition building, strategic litigation, awareness raising campaigns, and advocacy capacity building.