Journalism Relief Fund

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IWMF is turning the attention to how they may best serve our community of women journalists at this unprecedented moment in history. Based on early, anecdotal evidence of cancelled assignments, lost income and an inability to pay essential living expenses, they anticipate a great need for support within our global network of journalists – especially among freelancers with no safety net. The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists in dire straits – journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes.

The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund provides women-identifying journalists with the following: (1) Living assistance to prevent homelessness and food insecurity; (2) Acute medical care and mental health services; (3) Childcare; and (4) Legal support.

2) Eligibility

To be eligible for the IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria: (1) Be a staff or freelance woman-identifying reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism (priority would be given to freelancers and journalists recently laid off); (2) Has worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance; (3) Apply for assistance directly related to the global health crisis; (4) And, has no other sources of income available at this time.

3) Location

Actions can take place anywhere in the world.

4) Budget

This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need.

5) Application

Applications must be submitted online. To request assistance from the IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund, you must complete a preliminary questionnaire. All requests will undergo a verification process. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed daily. If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund, please email info(a)iwmf.org.