Journalism Relief Fund

International Women’s Media Foundation

U.S. Citizens and residents
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The Journalism Relief Fund is open to women-identifying journalists who have faced significant financial hardship, lost work, were recently laid off or who urgently need assistance to avoid severe, irreversible outcomes as a result of COVID-19.


The Journalism Relief Fund provides women-identifying journalists small grants of up to $2,000 per request to assist  with the following:

  • Living assistance to prevent homelessness and food insecurity
  • Acute medical care and mental health services
  • Childcare 
  • Legal support

 Special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need.

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To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a staff or freelance woman-identifying reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism (priority given to freelancers and journalists recently laid off)
  • Has worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance
  • Apply for assistance directly related to global health crisis 
  • Has no other sources of income available at this time

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  • To request assistance, applicants must complete the preliminary questionnaire at the link provided 
  • All requests will undergo a verification process 
  • Requests that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed daily
  • If you have any questions relating to the International Women’s Media Foundation Journalism Relief Fund, please email 


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These organizations are ready to help you at no cost.

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  • Name of the media outlet(s) you are working for
  • Description of  your urgent needs related to the global crisis
  • List of additional support received from other relief efforts, if applicable
  • Any documentation that can support your claim (e.g. termination or cancelled assignment letter). This is optional but can help expedite the verification process of your application
  • Two published work samples from the last six months
  • Two professional references


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