General Assistance Fund

Since 1995, the Rory Peck Trust has given support to freelance journalists and their families when they need help. This includes freelancers who have been seriously injured, threatened, imprisoned, detained, forced into exile or killed as a result of their work. 

About the Fund.

What support do we offer?

Our Assistance Grants are meant to help professional freelance journalists (and/or their family) who are facing a crisis directly related to their work. The amount of assistance varies according to the particular circumstances of the applicant, but may include medical and rehabilitation costs, subsistence costs or relocation costs. Sometimes our grants support a freelance journalist forced into exile or help replace stolen or confiscated equipment. They may also provide assistance to a freelancer’s family following an injury, imprisonment, kidnap or death. Our aim is to help grantees overcome a crisis and, where possible, resume work.

Please note: Due to limited resources, the amount available for each grant is limited. 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.

Are you eligible for a grant?

Are you a professional freelance news journalist whose main source of income comes from journalism? If so, you may be eligible to apply.

To be eligible for an Assistance Grant, you must satisfy all of the essential criteria:

  • 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;
  • Your income for the last 12 months has come mainly from professional news journalism (this does not include material produced for trade publications, travel guides, advocacy and campaigning materials, etc);
  • You are able to provide proof of income and outgoings for the last six months, two reference letters and evidence of your latest published work;
  • You are able to receive a grant from a British registered charity.

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 long does it take to receive a grant?

The application process usually takes from one to several weeks, during which time one of our researchers will work with you to find out how our financial support can best help you. We aim to reply to every request, but please note that we cannot provide individual feedback to those we are not able to support.

We also work closely with an international network of partners and may refer applicants to appropriate organisations around the world for specific advice and expertise, specialist needs or additional funds.

How to apply

If you are a freelancer or family of a freelancer in a critical situation, please complete the online application form on the link below, providing as much detail as possible. The application form is currently only available in English, but you are welcome to complete it in any language.

Your application will be assessed and all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Once we confirm that you are eligible for a grant, you will be asked to supply reference letters, payslips, bank statements, invoices and/or other documentation to support your application.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at assistance@rorypecktrust.org.

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