Lifeline has supported over 300 CSOs to conduct rapid, short-term advocacy initiatives to counter closures of civic space.


Responding to a Global Crackdown

According to Lifeline consortium partner ICNL, since 2012 over 60 countries have considered or enacted repressive civil society legislation, including legislation prohibiting foreign funding, invasive, burdensome, and/or restrictive NGO laws, and loosely interpreted Information Communications Technologies  and anti-terror laws. Combined with direct attacks on civil society and other restrictions on freedoms of assembly, association, and expression, this wave of legislation has led to the criminalization of dissent in many countries across the globe.


What are Lifeline Advocacy Grants?

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.


How to Apply for Advocacy Grants

All Lifeline partners (except Front Line), provide advocacy grants. Each organization has its own selection criteria and should be contacted directly. The organizations below accept general inquiries/applications.



Applications can be made directly to CIVICUS'  Crisis Response Fund


Applications and inquiries can be made to ICNL by mailing [email protected]


Applications and inquiries can be made to Freedom House at [email protected]


Applications and inquiries can be made to SILC by mailing [email protected]