COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The COVID-19 Hardship Fund has been established to provide support to freelance journalists who have been affected by coronavirus.

About the Fund.

Due to overwhelming demand, the COVID-19 Hardship Fund is temporarily closed to new applications. The Fund will re-open as soon as possible – please check this page for updates.

What support do we offer?

In response to the devastating impact of the pandemic, the Rory Peck Trust launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund to provide practical and financial support to active freelance news journalists whose work and livelihoods have been directly affected by coronavirus.

Please note: Due to limited resources, grants can only cover up to two months of living expenses. The actual amount offered to successful applicants will be determined by an assessment of individual circumstances and needs. The Trust’s decision on each application is final. 

Am I eligible for a grant?

Are you a professional freelance journalist working in news and current affairs whose only source of income comes from journalism? If so, then you may be eligible for a grant.

You must meet all of the following essential criteria:

  • You must be a freelance journalist who does not have a regular salary or retainer;
  • You must have been actively working as a journalist for at least three months before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic (30th January 2020);
  • You must have lost work directly due to COVID-19; e.g. upcoming work was cancelled or a planned assignment was postponed because of travel and/or work restrictions;
  • Your lost income has led to hardship;
  • 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.

If you do not meet the above criteria but still need assistance, please visit our Assistance Grants page to see if you qualify for one of our other funds.

We aim to provide equal support to all our beneficiaries. Please note that if you have received support from The Rory Peck Trust in the last three years, we won’t be able to support you again.

How do I apply?

Applications for the Fund are currently closed until further notice.