Since 1995, the Rory Peck Trust has given support to freelance journalists and their families when they need help. This may include freelancers who have been seriously injured, threatened, imprisoned, detained, forced into exile or killed as a result of their work. From our launch to the end of 2019, the Trust gave 1615 grants totalling £1,508,966.
About the grants.
Our assistance grants are tailored to the specific needs of a freelancer and/or their family. Amounts and areas of assistance vary according to the particular circumstances of the applicant, but may include medical and rehabilitation costs, emergency subsistence, legal advice and relocation costs. Sometimes our grants support a freelance journalist forced into exile or help replace stolen or confiscated equipment.
Grants 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.
Watch the video above to see how our assistance grants help freelance journalists.
How can I apply?
If you are eligible for a grant, we will send you an application form. Your application will be assessed in detail and all information will be treated in the strictest confidence. You may want to ask a trusted person or organisation to help you to complete the form.
Although the Trust is set up to respond to emergency situations, this 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 and make the most impact on your situation.
We work closely with an international network of partners, coordinating with them and referring applicants for specific advice and expertise, specialist needs or additional funds.
Application forms are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.