Assistance

Telling the stories the world needs to hear can come at great personal risk to freelance journalists many of whom have been seriously injured, threatened, imprisoned, detained, forced into exile or killed as a result of their work. 

Our financial assistance to freelance journalists is delivered through three funds.

The Crisis Fund provides grants to help with costs associated with an immediate crisis, either personal or in cases of force majeure such as natural disasters or political and civil unrest.

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The Recovery Fund provides grants to freelance journalists (and their families) who are facing financial hardship as a direct result of their work.

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In response to the psychological risks that journalists are exposed to the Trauma Therapy Fund covers the cost of treatment for those who would like professional psychological support.

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Eligibility for funding 

If you are a professional freelance journalist working in news and current affairs whose only source of income comes from journalism you may be eligible for a grant. You must meet all of the following criteria to apply to any of our funds:

  • You must be a freelance journalist who does not have a regular salary or retainer;
  • You must have been actively working as a freelance journalist for at least the last 12 months;
  • You do not have access to any other financial support or resources, i.e. government support or savings;
  • You are not entitled to any contractual benefits such as sick pay, annual leave, social security or pension, as you are not a permanent staff member of any media organisation.

*Please note that you can only apply to and receive a grant from one Fund.