Freedom Fund: Survivor Leadership Fund
The Freedom Fund is excited to announce the Survivor Leadership Fund, a ground-breaking new fund for survivor-led organisations working to tackle modern slavery.
The Survivor Leadership Fund aims to uplift and support survivor-led organisations by providing unrestricted grants. Organisations can use their grant however they think best to build their capacity and improve their impact. An unrestricted grant from the Survivor Leadership Fund is one step towards shifting the power back to those most impacted – in order for them to make a real difference in the fight against modern slavery.
The Freedom Fund believes they have a responsibility to support the leadership of those individuals who have experienced exploitation and oppression. They recognise that initiatives led by those with lived experience play a vital role in meeting the needs of victims and survivors of exploitation. Survivor-led organisations are also ideally placed to provide expertise and leadership in tackling the systems and practices that allow modern slavery to persist.
Yet organisations with survivors of modern slavery in key leadership positions are few and far between. Those organisations which do exist often struggle to access the core funding that enables them to become sustainable and impactful organisations. Too often, they are locked out by the demands of traditional donors, and denied the space to build and grow as an organisation. That’s why the Freedom Fund has created this new, innovative, trust-based approach to funding for survivor-led organisations.