Freedom House: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: Freedom House offers emergency assistance to human rights defenders, activists, civil society organizations, survivors of religious persecution, and defenders of religious freedom.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers may apply for a Freedom House grant at any time.

PROFILE: Founded in 1941, Freedom House is “an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.” Freedom House advocates for the collaboration of like-minded global leaders opposing dictatorships, totalitarian regimes, and oppression. In addition, this funder support human rights defenders and civic activists facing persecution due to their work.

While Freedom House operates programs of its own, it also offers emergency funding programs aimed at assisting frontline human rights defenders, activists, civil society organizations, and survivors of religious persecution in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

Freedom House also offers emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) that are being threatened or attacked. Grants are awarded through its Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, Frontline Activists program, and Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance program. Its LGBTI Assistance program provides “emergency assistance, security, opportunity, and advocacy rapid response grants (SOAR grants), and security and assessment training to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights.”

Grants typically range from $50,000 to $150,000. Freedom House does not individually list the names of its emergency assistance grantees. This is common practice meant to protect the identities of human rights defenders and preserve the safety of its grantees and their organizations.

Freedom House accepts unsolicited emergency assistance grant applications and requests for funding. Grantseekers should direct their inquiries to


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