In the midst of the humanitarian and health crisis of COVID-19, many authoritarian
governments and non-state actors are taking advantage of the new context to silence critics calling for accountability, criminalize free expression, and restrict access to information. Lifeline’s flexible grantmaking is well-positioned to provide urgent support to civil society organizations (CSOs) responding to COVID-19 related attacks on civic space, and in response to the changing landscape, Lifeline has also temporarily broadened current criteria for its advocacy grants. The Lifeline consortium is supported by 19 governments and includes Freedom House, Front Line Defenders, CIVICUS, FORUM-ASIA, People in Need, Swedish International Liberal Center and the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law. For more information, please visit www.csolifeline.org.