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Trust-based grants will put survivors at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery

Press release
September 29, 2022

A new set of grants will give survivor-led organisations the money they need to combat modern slavery in their own communities – and trust them to spend it in the ways they believe will have the biggest impact.

Grassroot organisations in Malaysia, as well as in Thailand and Indonesia, that work to support people at risk of, and affected by, modern slavery are invited to apply for the unrestricted US$20,000 grants, which they can spend however they decide.

The grants are the latest available from the Freedom Fund’s Survivor Leadership Fund, following two previous rounds of funding to local, survivor-led organisations in East Africa and South America. Seven organisations in Kenya and Uganda were selected for their important and inspiring work to end exploitation in their communities, including forced marriage and human trafficking, and support the sustained recovery of survivors. Fifteen organisations in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru were also selected for their community-facing work addressing forced labour, domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

With a straightforward application process and minimal reporting requirements, the Freedom Fund hopes that this trust-based approach will quickly and efficiently get funding directly to where it is needed most: small, local organisations working on the frontlines of the fight against modern slavery.

The grants are available to organisations with one or more person with lived experience of exploitation (human trafficking, forced labour, bonded labour, forced marriage or child labour, including child sexual exploitation) in a leadership position.

Claire Falconer, the Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building, who leads the Survivor Leadership Fund, said: “We are incredibly excited to make this new round of grants available to survivor-led organisations in Malaysia.”

“Such organisations are all too often locked out by the demands of traditional donors and denied the much-needed funds they need to build and grow. We know giving grassroot organisations the money they need enables them to make a significant difference in tackling the systems that allow modern slavery to continue in their own communities.”



Notes for Editors:
The deadline for applications is 24th October 2022. For more information about the Survivor Leadership Fund and further details of how to apply – including an application guide and a link to the online application form – click here.

Media enquiries:
Melanie Hargreaves, Media and PR Manager (London, UK), [email protected]

The Freedom Fund is a leader in the global movement to end modern slavery. We identify and invest in the most effective frontline efforts to eradicate modern slavery in the countries and sectors where it is most prevalent. Partnering with visionary investors, governments, anti-slavery organisations and those at risk of exploitation, we tackle the systems that allow slavery to persist and thrive.

Photo credit: Jittrapon Kaicome / Freedom Fund

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