Sources of Funding


  • Financial Assistance, The Journalists’ Charity
    Support for UK journalists and those who have worked for a UK organisation for at least 2 continuous years out of the last 5 years or for 7 years in total (if not current).
  • Financial Support, The Printing Charity
    Offering practical, emotional and financial support to those who have worked in the print sector for at least three years.
  • Covid-19 Film and TV Repayable Grants Scheme for Freelancers, The Film + TV Charity
    Grants of up to £2,000 will be offered to UK-based freelancers eligible for Self-employment Income Support but who are struggling with the wait for payments in June.
  • Authors’ Emergency Fund, English Pen, Society of Authors, Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, the Royal Literary Fund, T S Eliot Foundation, and Amazon UK
    Grants of up to £2,000 for professional authors, including journalists, who are resident in the UK or British subjects.
  • The Audio and Radio Emergency Fund, The Radio Academy
    Grants of up to £1000 for those in the radio and audio sector in the UK who are facing hardship because of the coronavirus crisis.
  • The Film and TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, The Film + TV Charity with the BFI
    One-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Self-employment Income Support Scheme, UK Government
    The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Individuals should not contact HMRC now. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

Rest of world & worldwide.

  • Relief Fund for Journalists, South African National Editors’ Forum
    Emergency funding for South African journalists who have lost their livelihoods as a direct result of the pandemic.
  • Press Freedom Defense Fund, First Look Media
    Open to professional journalists in the U.S. experiencing financial hardship due to lost work, recent unemployment or other urgent circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide relief payments of $500 to $1500.
  • Journalism Relief Fund, The International Women’s Media Foundation
    Open to woman-identifying journalists in need due to COVID-19 – especially freelancers with no safety net. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2000 USD each.
  • Coronavirus Rolling Grant, Fund for Investigative Journalism
    Provides immediate emergency grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, National Geographic
    Emergency fund for journalists all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities.
  • Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund, Field of Vision and Topic Studios
    Grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID-19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic.
  • Writers’ Emergency Fund, PEN America
    Grants of $500 to $1,000 to US-based journalists, authors and other professional writers who can demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The Freelance Audio Fund, AIR
    Provides emergency relief grants of up to $600 to freelance audio professionals, including reporters, producers, editors and engineers.
  • Emergency Relief Fund, Economic Hardship Reporting Project
    Emergency hardship grants of between $500-$1500 for professional journalists based in the United States.
  • United States Journalism Emergency Fund, The International Women’s Media Foundation
    Supports U.S. journalists in need so they can resume work essential to functioning democracy in the US.
  • Grant & Bursary listings, The Journalists’ Charity

Opportunities & other funding.

  • Fellowship for Independent Writers, Substack
    Features a $100,000 grant for the top recipient and advances of $25,000 each for four other fellows.
  • Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge, The Pulitzer Centre
    Seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders.
  • Coronavirus Story Grants, Reporting Democracy
    Accepting proposals for stories that reveal how the COVID-19 crisis is reshaping politics and society in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe. Open to freelance and staff journalists from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, as well as the Balkan countries.
  • Criminal Justice Reporting Grant, The Wits Justice Project
    Journalists can submit proposals for reporting grants of up to R25 000 for in-depth investigations focused on criminal justice and related issues.
  • Fund for Environmental Journalism, Society of Environmental Journalists
    Accepting proposals for story grants on climate, conservation and environmental health in North America. Rapid Response Grants (including stipend) are also available up to $2500 per individual or $5000 for team or news outlet projects.
  • AFAC Documentary Program, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture
    Supports creative documentary films in the Arab region in development, production or post-production phases. Maximum fund per film is US$10,000 for development grants and up to US$50,000 for production and post-production grants.
  • Journalists-in-Residence Programme, The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom
    Provides a safe haven for media professionals from the European Union Member States and Candidate Countries who are at risk and need to take a break away from a hostile working environment, including accommodation, travel, insurance, visa fees and a monthly stipend.