Aims/priorities: The UK-based charity Freedom from Torture has launched a new grant scheme to support hard-to-reach torture survivors and smaller frontline organisations that are helping them during the global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of everyone in the UK, and BAME communities are at particular risk. For survivors of torture, there are additional challenges, over and above those faced by the general population. The social isolation of lockdown has led to increased trigger reminders of the isolation and terrible loneliness of torture. Those living on limited funds are struggling to meet the basic needs of their families and worry about the impact should they become unwell.
To help address these challenges and support survivors of torture, Freedom from Torture has made the decision to help organisations working with survivors of torture who we cannot take into our service. We are particularly keen to support survivors who tend to be underrepresented in our current services. These include (but are not limited to) survivors from LGBTQI+ backgrounds, women, single mothers and single fathers with young children, survivors from China and South East Asia, survivors from Eastern Europe, older adult survivors.
Grants should be used to provide small emergency payments to survivors of torture so that they can buy food, clothing or other essential items
Who can apply? Registered charities
Grant amount: Between £200 and £2,000
Application process: Application form available on the website
Deadline: There is no closing date for this fund; once all of the available money has been granted, the fund will close to new applications.