Resources for civil society in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Defending civil society, democratic rights, and our fundamental freedoms can be challenging, let alone having to do it while under “lockdown” practicing social distancing in the midst of a global health crisis spreading rapidly across the world. In times like these, solidarity and social compassion play the most important role. To help connect and inform the alliance and civil society during this time, we will be collecting information, resources, and support to share. 

We will be updating this page as this crisis unfolds and as new information is shared. You can also contribute with useful information by contacting us at:

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RESOURCES

Now that we all have to be physically distant and isolated from each other, our daily routine will have to change. These resources offer tips and guidance on dealing with isolation, working from home and carrying on our fight for civil society while practicing social distancing. 

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR CIVIL SOCIETY

  • The Urgent Action Fund COVID-19 Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists: The Fund prioritizes activities related to such things as wellness, community care, remote work and digital gatherings, online advocacy campaigns, COVID-19 awareness campaigns, and supporting vulnerable populations. 
  • OutRight Action International COVID-19 LGBTIQ Global Emergency Fund: offers emergency financial assistance to LGBTIQ organizations that are addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTIQ community. 
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund: provides grants to fund solutions to addressing the specific challenges faced by those living with AIDS during this time. Projects should focus on mitigating the threat of COVID-19 to HIV/AIDS-positive individuals and/or increasing access to HIV healthcare programs. 
  • LGBTQ Funding Resources: LGBT Funders has compiled a substantial list of rapid response resources for organizations and individuals seeking to address the unique impact of COVID-19 on the global LGBTI community. 
  • Thousand Currents' Above and Beyond Solidarity Fund: supporting organizations providing support to communities to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grants will go to organizations working on such issues as access to information, rural healthcare, supporting those who have lost their jobs, infrastructure in informal settlements to promote social distancing, and broader safety concerns, including gender-based violence and police brutality. 
  • Open Technology Fund: grants to organizations working to ensure internet freedom and access to information globally.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OTF is increasing the pool of funding available to organizations specifically working on access to information relating to the pandemic. Projects and grant applications working on COvid-19 interventions are being prioritized. 
  • Peace First: rapid response grants to address COVID-19.  The grants will go to young individuals and activists launching projects to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 around the world. 
  • National Geographic Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists: funding for journalists all over the world working to cover COVID-19 and its impact in their communities. Grants prioritize projects that aim to deliver news and information to underserved communities. 
  • Format is providing $500 grants to freelance photographers who have been economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Pen America Writers Emergency Fund is providing grants of $500 to $1,000 to writers who demonstrate an acute financial need due to the pandemic. 
  • Women Photograph Emergency Fund: support to independent women and non-binary photojournalists coping with loss of business income due to the pandemic. 
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation is taking relief fund cases from women-identifying journalists who have been economically impacted by the pandemic. They currently accept cases in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese for up to $2,000. 
  • The Soze Foundation Artist + Activist Fund: supporting artists and activists whose work has been directly impacted by the coronavirus. It is currently only accepting applicants based in the US but is exploring ways to provide grants to activists and artists globally. 
  • Center For Journalists Knight International Journalism Award: awards for journalists from around the world covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees should be journalists who have pioneered coverage or media innovations of the pandemic that have had a great impact. 
  • Substack is donating $100,000 in grants to independent writers on Substack who are experiencing economic hardship due to the pandemic. 
  • The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation: Coronavirus Fast Response Fund: grants to CSOs working in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on projects to mitigate the effect of the pandemic.  Projects should focus on rapid assistance for vulnerable groups, preserving good governance and accountability, countering fake news, and more broadly adjusting to the new reality that coronavirus has created. 
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund: grants to non-profit organizations working to combat the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic among vulnerable populations. 

In the midst of this pandemic, it is very easy to find ourselves face to 'fake news' and disinformation about the virus. Open Democracy has shared this quiz that will help you spot common Coronavirus disinformation circulating on the internet.