United States Journalism Emergency Fund
The IWMF has partnered with the Craig Newmark Philanthropies to establish the United States Journalism Emergency Fund. This fund will directly support U.S. journalists in need so they can resume work essential to our functioning democracy. Made available to U.S. based journalists regardless of gender (including male identifying), these funds will:
- support journalists with immediate needs related to their professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
- support long-term journalist needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support; and,
- support journalists targeted as a result of their reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including but not limited to elections, civil movements and other challenging environments.
Applicants must be U.S. journalists with journalism serving as their primary profession and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently.
The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund
The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund (BJTRF) was started by Sonia Weiser in May 2020. This fund is designed to provide financial assistance for Black journalists facing financial hardship who are unable to pay for the mental health support they need during this time. While publications ask Black journalists — both freelance and full-time staff members — to put their lives at risk to report on racial injustices and embed themselves within the protests, they rarely provide resources for these same journalists to process the trauma incurred both on the job and in daily life. BJTRF will consider supporting Black journalists globally who:
- are employed full time, part-time, freelance, or as an intern;
- were laid off/furloughed due to COVID-19 or who quit due to harmful workplace practices;
- OR are former journalists suffering from lasting emotional or physical trauma from your time in the field.
Learn more about applying, or donating, to the BJTRF here.
IWMF Emergency Fund
We established the IWMF Emergency Fund in 2013 to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of crisis. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.
The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.
The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women journalists with:
- Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
- Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
- Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
- Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.
To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be a staff or freelance woman reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
- Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
- Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, please complete this preliminary questionnaire (en español). An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IWMF is turning our attention to how we 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, we 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. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request though special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those have greater financial need. The application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese and French.
If you are submitting an application to the Journalism Relief Fund, please know that we have exhausted the available funding and are unable to meet new requests at this time. However, we will continue our fundraising efforts and focusing on how we may best serve our community of women journalists. All unprocessed applications will be kept on file and the relief fund application will remain open.
The Journalists in Distress (JID) Network
The International Women’s Media Foundation is a member of the JID Network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the Network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID Network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts and avoid duplication.