Financial Support

Bringing important stories to the world can come at great personal risk. As a result of their work, many freelance journalists have been injured, threatened, imprisoned, detained, forced into exile, or even killed. 

The Trust offers much-needed financial support to help freelancers get back on their feet and continue their crucial work.

Crisis Fund

The Crisis Fund provides grants to help with costs associated with an immediate crisis, either personal or in cases of force majeure, such as natural disasters or political and civil unrest.

Therapy Fund

In response to the psychological pressures that journalists are exposed to, the Therapy Fund covers the cost of treatment for those who would benefit from professional psychological support.

Eligibility for funding 

If you are a professional freelance journalist working in news and current affairs whose only source of income comes from journalism you may be eligible for a grant. You must meet all of the following criteria to apply to any of our funds:

  • You must be a freelance journalist who does not have a regular salary or retainer;
  • You must have been actively working as a freelance journalist for at least the last 12 months;
  • You do not have access to any other financial support or resources, i.e. government support or savings;
  • 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.

*Please note that you can only apply to and receive a grant from one Fund.