Assistance Fund

For 25 years, the Rory Peck Trust has been providing financial support to freelance journalists and their families when they need it the most. 

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, legal advice and 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.

Am I eligible for a grant?

Are you a professional freelance news journalist whose main source of income is from journalism? If so, you may be eligible for an assistance grant.

To be eligible for our assistance grants, you must satisfy all of the essential criteria listed below:

  • 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

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 will not be able to provide individual feedback to those we aren’t 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 can I apply?

If you are a freelancer or family of a freelancer in a critical situation, please fill out our online application form 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.

Before you apply:

  • Please make sure you are able to receive a grant from a British registered charity.  
  • Please make sure you are able to provide a detailed description of your current situation and explain clearly the assistance you require.
  • Please make sure you are able to provide evidence of the situation you’re describing. We will require proof of income and outgoings to justify your financial situation, as well as evidence of your professional journalistic work, TWO work reference letters and TWO contacts of sources that can support your request. 

Your application will be assessed and all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Once we confirm that you are eligible for the fund, you will be asked to supply evidence to support your application, as above.

All grant applications will be individually considered by The Rory Peck Trust. The Trust’s decision will be final.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at