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Journalism emergency funds around the world

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The list is non-exhaustive and will be completed in the coming weeks. It is part of a wider initiative in which WAN-IFRA is collaborating with an international coordination group of NGOs, international organisations, foundations and donors.

Our objective is to share information amongst initiatives that could lead to filling identified gaps. We need to learn what is working, where the money is helping, where it is not, and hopefully align strategically to help to make decisions based on the information and learning we can capture with your help. Please let us know of any other initiative (global or local) that you are aware of. Email Vincent Peyregne at 



  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: Local news media
  • GRANTS: Grants will range from the low thousands (USD/Euro) for small hyper-local newsrooms to low tens of thousands for larger newsrooms, with variations per region.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Journalism Emergency Relief. Newsroom size of between 2 and 100 staff journalists. Local publishers employing more than 100 FTE journalists can apply and will be considered subject to Google’s discretion, based mainly on differing needs by country/regions.
  • ELIGIBILITY: small- and medium-sized local news organisations producing original news for local communities with a digital presence
  • DEADLINE: April 29, 2020
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  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: $500 to $5,000
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: “Creation, production and dissemination of information related to the COVID/Coronavirus that will keep people safe and help them make informed decisions for themselves, their families and communities: scientific developments, symptoms and treatment, local health policies and procedures, daily useful local community news and information etc.”
  • ELIGIBILITY: Media outlets, organizations and individuals who are working to provide local language journalism and other forms of public information related to the COVID/Coronavirus pandemic and its impacts
  • DEADLINE: One-time only and grants should be spent within 30 days
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IWMF International Women Media Foundation

  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media. 
  • GRANTS: 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.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: The IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund provides women-identifying journalists with the following: Living assistance to prevent homelessness and food insecurity, Acute medical care and mental health services, Childcare, Legal support 
  • ELIGIBILITY: 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). Has worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance. Apply for assistance directly related to the global health crisis. And, has no other sources of income available at this time. 
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National Geographic

  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: Ranging from $1,000–8,000 USD. Applicants may use up to 100 per cent of their budget as personal reimbursement for their reporting time.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: For local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Beyond reporting on medical and physical health-related to COVID-19, the National Geographic especially encourages reporting that covers social, emotional, economic and equity issues. Narratives around the Pandemic necessarily include facts and numbers, but ultimately, must also go deeper—telling the stories of inequities that COVID-19 has brought to light.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts
  • DEADLINE: Call for proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted until further notice. 
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Poynter Institute (International Fact-Checking Network)

Pulitzer Center

The Rory Peck Trust

  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: COVID-19 HARDSHIP FUND. Freelance journalists whose work and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19.
  • DEADLINE: Due to overwhelming demand, the fund is temporarily closed to new applications and will re-open as soon as possible.
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Africa-China Reporting Project

  • COUNTRIES: Africa
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: up to $1,500
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Investigating “current ground-level responses, capacity, successes/failures, shortcomings, services and collaborations in African countries, communities, and organisations.”
  • ELIGIBILITY: All journalists who present Africa-focused proposals. Applicants need not necessarily have previous reporting experience in this area. An indication that the investigation will be published, needed.
  • DEADLINE: 30 April 2020
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European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)

  • COUNTRIES: Europe
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: Participants in the programme are provided with a rent-free, furnished apartment in Leipzig; a monthly stipend of 1,000 euros; and health insurance.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: The JiR programme 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. There are three fellowship opportunities, each for a maximum period of six months. Applicants can pick a suitable time frame during the period from June 2020 to February 2021.
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European Journalism Center

  • COUNTRIES: Europe
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: between €5,000 and €50,000
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: News organizations and journalists to support community engagement, address critical business needs and facilitate coverage of the pandemic
  • ELIGIBILITY: Small and medium-sized news organisations supporting the communities most affected by the crisis.
  • Based in Europe (as defined by the Council of Europe)
  • Actively covering COVID-19
  • Serving communities on a hyperlocal, local or regional scale, or communities of interest
  • Either non-profit or for-profit
  • DEADLINE: more details as they become available
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  • OPERATORS: Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), Local Media Association (LMA), Local Media Consortium (LMC), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
  • GRANTS: Grants size: $25,000 to $100,000. Amount raised or committed: US$25 000 000
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Local News Relief Fund
  • ELIGIBILITY: Actively covering COVID-19. Serving a defined geographic area. Preference for outlets that are family- or community-owned or independent and serve immigrant, rural, underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. Only one grant will be made available per organization (an organization that owns several news outlets is eligible to apply for one grant across their company).
  • DEADLINE: 24 April
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Fundación Gabo

  • COUNTRIES: Latin America
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: nine scholarships of US$ 800 will be awarded
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: promote the execution of journalistic research projects aimed at covering responses to the situation generated by covid-19 , in written, sound, audiovisual or web formats. Topics: Science and health, Public policies and governance, Community life and social cohesion
  • ELIGIBILITY: The selected journalist will have a month and a half from the date of the announcement of the winners to execute their journalistic investigation project and publish the resulting story. During this time, he will have the journalistic consultancies of a mentor assigned by the Gabo Foundation.
  • DEADLINE: 28/04/2020
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Fund for Investigative Journalism

  • GRANTS: Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of colour and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities.
  • DEADLINE: Rolling basis 
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Judith Neilson Institute

  • COUNTRIES: Australia
  • GRANTS: Not specified
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: The application must be for a freelancer or casual contributor, not permanent staff.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Media organisations will be required to acquit the grant, including by providing valid invoices from freelancers or casual contributors. The application must be for a specific project or task. There is no limitation on topics. The grant is intended to support reporting, including editorial work and photography. Applications will only be accepted from media organisations, not from freelancers or casual contributors directly.
  • DEADLINE: Rolling basis over the coming 2-3 months.
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Media-X Prototype Grant Scheme 2020

  • COUNTRIES: Greater China including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: maximum amount of HK$150,000 per award team/project
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: To work with industry innovators to cultivate and promote innovation in the news and media industry.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Apply as a team of 1-3 members. (A minimum of 2 team members is recommended). Students and staff from HKU are encouraged to apply for the Scheme. The Media-X prototype grant is for independent projects. Large companies are not eligible to apply. However, if the project is your own, and independent of the company, then eligible to apply.
  • DEADLINE: 15 May 2020
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Meedan’s Check Global program

  • COUNTRIES: North Africa/West Asia, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific region
  • GRANTS: Individuals can apply for up to $500. Organizations can apply for up to $2000. Collaborative projects can apply for up to $2500
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: The grants are aimed at supporting fact-checking and verification projects, local watchdog initiatives, documentation of the local reality under quarantine, media/digital literacy campaigns, tracking the impact of lockdowns on democracies, and examining digital surveillance and surveillance capitalism, civil rights, and violence against women related to COVID-19. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: The fieldwork of applicants should represent any ethical or health and safety issues that need to be taken into consideration. Projects that serve local and underserved communities, women, gender non-binary individuals, vulnerable people and rural populations will be prioritized. Rigour: Do the applicant adhere to a fact-checking methodology? How will the applicant check their sources as accurate? Are the resources used for your media literacy campaign reliable?
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Social Investment Business (SIB)

  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: £100,000 – £500,000 Term Loan (1 to 3 years) 
  • £25m investment and support from Big Society Capital.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19. This includes:

    -Lending to cover delays in trade payments (trade debtors).
    -Lending to support the rapid scaling up of an existing business model to meet an increased demand for services during the crisis.
    -Lending to provide a bridge to cover revenue shortfall for proven and profitable trading activity.

  • ELIGIBILITY: Charities, community interest companies and community benefit societies – organisations that are not one of these legal forms (ie just a company limited by guarantee or company limited by shares) will need to demonstrate social objects / purpose in their Articles.Lending until government payments are received (e.g. contracts, furlough etc). have a turnover of less than £45m (whole group – if applicable).

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The South Asian Journalists Association

  • COUNTRIES: South Asia
  • GRANTS: Two grants, up to $2,500 each, to support the projects, which can be in any medium.
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Freelance projects that are focused on covering the coronavirus outbreak and its impacts. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: Not specified
  • DEADLINE: 20 April
  • LINK:

Splice Media - Facebook

  • TYPE OF MEDIA All media
  • GRANTS US$5K individual grants
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS  support to small- to mid-sized news organisations and their freelancers financially affected by Covid-19 in Asia. eg Commission freelancers to report on covid, Hardware and software tools to facilitate remote content creation and collaboration, Online events, Cover operational costs of running a (remote) newsroom
  • ELIGIBILITY 100% of the funds may be used at the publisher’s discretion. Applicants must fully use these funds within 60 days, be in at least the second year of operations and registered business entity to be able to receive grant funds into a corporate entity (ie, not a personal bank account). 100% of the funds may be used at the publisher’s discretion. Applicants must fully use these funds within 60 days
  • LINK

The Photographer Fund 

  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All media
  • GRANTS: US$25,000 fund. up to US$500 per applicant
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: independent photographers who are facing unprecedented financial hardships in the wake of the outbreak. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: The Photographer Fund will be using its own discretion to determine who is granted the funds
  • DEADLINE: Rolling applications
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Women Photograph

  • COUNTRIES: Global
  • GRANTS: For the foreseeable future, all donations made to Women Photograph will go directly to an Emergency Fund
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Women Photograph initiatives
  • ELIGIBILITY: Independent women and non-binary photographers who have been impacted by COVID-19: travel fund, data collection, exhibitions and publications, and the annual Women Photograph Workshop.
  • DEADLINE: Rolling applications
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Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform

  • COUNTRIES: MENA region
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: All. Visual artists and creative practitioners
  • GRANTS: US$1,000 to US$2,000 micro-fees
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Primarily for those who work on a per-project basis and whose practices have been affected by program cancellations and project changes, locally or globally. Support to independent artists’ and creative practitioners’ in the development of compelling and original work, whether existing or new. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: Applicants should be an individual artist, writer, independent researcher or curator (or an individual representing an artist collective, ensemble or group) and largely working independently; they should be unattached to or directly supported by universities, companies, institutions or organisations DEADLINE 30 April and 7 June
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U.S. Embassy Islamabad

US Consulate General Lahore

  • COUNTRIES: Pakistan
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: Both traditional and new/digital media
  • GRANTS: Award floor: $20,000. Award ceiling: $25,000. 
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: proposals which further the professional development of Pakistan’s journalists by training journalists/reporters on monetizing and expanding their skills through new media/visual production training. The training will also promote entrepreneurship, giving participating journalists the skills and confidence to develop new digital platforms for independent media.
  • ELIGIBILITY: All award activities should be completed within six months from the award start date
  • DEADLINE: 15 May 2020
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U.S. Embassy Public New Delhi

  • COUNTRIES: India
  • TYPE OF MEDIA: Digital Media
  • GRANTS: Maximum Award Amount: $70,000
  • SPECIFIC FOCUS: Young adults (18 to 35-year-olds) in third and fourth-tier cities in North India become more aware of the threat false information poses to their communities and develop greater resilience against its effects.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit organizations. Civil society/non-governmental organizations. Think tanks. Public and private educational institutions
  • Individuals. Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions
  • DEADLINE: 26 May 2020
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U.S. Consulate General Chennai

U.S. Consulate General Kolkata


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