Recovery Fund

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

About the Fund

Our support

Provides help toward critical costs such as medical and rehabilitation bills and subsistence costs.  Sometimes our grants support a freelance journalist forced into exile or help replace stolen or confiscated equipment. The Recovery Fund helps freelance journalists to recover and be able to return to work.


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

You must meet all of the General Eligibility criteria listed on the Assistance page and the following criteria specific to this Recovery Fund:

  • Your last published work must be dated no later than the last six months before the date of your application  
  • You must be able to provide evidence of your income & outgoings e.g. invoices, bills, etc 
  • You must be able to provide reference letters from the outlets you have contributed to most recently

Grant-making process

The application process can take between 1-3 weeks and our team will make direct contact with you. We aim to reply to every request but unfortunately 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 further support.

Please note: The amount available for each grant is limited and amounts will be determined by an assessment of individual circumstances and needs. The Trust’s decision on each application is final. Support from the Rory Peck Trust is limited to once every three years.