+ Emergency funding
In this section of the GFMD MediaDev Fundraising Guide you will find tools and resources about emergency funding.

Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Journalist Assistance program dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide through CPJ’s Gene Roberts Emergency Fund.
The fund was renamed in honour of Gene Roberts, the veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program.
The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations.
The Gene Roberts Fund for Emergency Assistance
Committee to Protect Journalists

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

The International Federation of Journalists is the world's largest organisation of journalists represents 600,000 media professionals from 187 trade unions and associations in more than 140 countries. The organisation organises collective action to support journalists, promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice, fight for gender equality in all its structures, policies and programmes, and opposes discrimination.

IFJ Safety

The IJF's Safety Fund is a lifeline for journalists facing violence, persecution and threat or needing medical treatment. It is a shining example of a journalist to journalist solidarity, providing immediate relief to those in danger and need around the world.
The Safety Fund offers financial assistance in a range of emergency cases such as threats, violence and threats thereof, prosecution, settlement in exile and illness.
Safety Fund - IFJ

International Women in Media Foundation (IWMF)

The International Women's Media Foundation is an organization that is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists. The organization provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to women journalists and photographers around the world.

IWMF Emergency Fund

The IWMF Emergency Fund was established in 2013 to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of crisis.
The 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 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.
IWMF Emergency Funds - IWMF

The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

The Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund (BJTRF) was started by Sonia Weiser in May 2020. The 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;
  • are former journalists suffering from lasting emotional or physical trauma from their time in the field.
Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund

Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund is a consortium of 7 international NGOs that provides emergency assistance grants to civil society organizations (CSOs) facing threats due to their human rights work and rapid response advocacy and resiliency grants to address broader threats to civic space and freedom of association and assembly.
The Fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society groups under threat or attack, including journalist organizations.
Backed by 17 governments and foundations, Lifeline offers short-term emergency grants for such expenses as medical help, legal representation, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, security, and equipment replacement.
Emergency Assistance — LIFELINE

Media Freedom Rapid Response

The Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) tracks, monitors and reacts to violations of press and media freedom in EU Member States and Candidate Countries.
Media Freedom Rapid Response
Media Freedom Rapid Response
The MFRR is organised by an alliance led by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) including ARTICLE 19, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Free Press Unlimited (FPU), the Institute for Applied Informatics at the University of Leipzig (InfAI), International Press Institute (IPI) and CCI/Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT). The project commenced in 2020 and is funded by the European Commission.
Threats against journalists and media workers often require urgent and swift responses to ensure the safety of those targeted but also to help journalists and media workers threatened with prosecution, just for doing their job. The alliance participates in supporting journalists on these issues by providing legal and practical support, public advocacy, and information to protect journalists and media workers.
Practical Support
Media Freedom Rapid Response

Free Press Unlimited

Reporters Respond

Free Press Unlimited manages the international Reporters Respond Fund. This international emergency fund provides direct assistance to journalists and media outlets, enabling them to resume work as quickly as possible when faced with a crisis situation.
Short-term support is provided irrespective of the medium and the area covered by the journalist or outlet and covers, among other things:
  • Subsistence costs: short term support for journalists who are not able to work, or costs to temporarily flee an unsafe or vulnerable situation;
  • Family support: temporary support for family members of journalists who are unable to work, who are imprisoned, or who are deceased.
Reporters Respond: emergency funding for the media
Free Press Unlimited
Application form Reporters Respond
Free Press Unlimited

Free Press Unlimited COVID19 Response in Africa

Reliable and critical information about COVID-19 is essential for people to protect themselves against the coronavirus, to mitigate risks, and to limit the number of casualties.
In order to ensure that independent media and journalists in Africa can fulfill their role in providing reliable information, Free Press Unlimited set up the COVID-19 Africa emergency fund. The COVID-19 emergency fund is specifically geared to assist media professionals from African countries severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis and for emergency situations related to COVID-19. The goal is to ensure that media professionals can resume work as quickly as possible.
Support to media professionals
Media Collaboration

PEN America

PEN America expanded its long-standing Writers’ Emergency Fund as part of efforts to support the literary community at a time when the health and livelihoods of so many are at risk.
PEN America distributed grants of $500 to $1,000 based on applications that demonstrate an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"October 15, 2020 Update: The response to the PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund has been enormous, a reflection of the impact the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have had on the literary community. We are proud to have mobilized a five-fold increase in funding and distributed grants to more than 500 writers. We have now secured additional funding to resume grant-making for a limited period. The fund is open again on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants who have not previously received a Writers Emergency Fund grant. We will accept applications until our available funds are exhausted."
PEN America Writers Emergency Fund
PEN America

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Reporters Without Borders is one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defense and promotion of freedom of information.
RSF provides financial assistance provides financial and administrative assistance to professional journalists and citizen-journalists to help them defend themselves, and help the families of imprisoned journalists.
Individual support


RSF provide also provides a complete health insurance and repatriation for journalists and reporters for almost any country, war zone included.

Rest and refugee scholarship

Rest and refugee scholarship is a new project run by RSF Germany and taz-Panter-foundation, which is a non-profit organization linked to „die tageszeitung“ (taz), the daily newspaper in Berlin. They invite journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin. They offer them a time of refuge and rest up to three months.
Rest and refugee scholarship

Rory Peck Trust

Since 1995, the Rory Peck Trust has given support to freelance journalists and their families when they need help. This includes freelancers who have been seriously injured, threatened, imprisoned, detained, forced into exile or killed as a result of their work.

General Assistance Fund

Their Assistance Grants are meant to help professional freelance journalists (and/or their family) who are facing a crisis directly related to their work.
general assistance fund RPT
The Rory Peck Trust
The amount of assistance varies according to the particular circumstances of the applicant but may include medical and rehabilitation costs, subsistence costs or relocation costs.

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

In 2020 the Rory Peck Trust launched a COVID-19 Hardship Fund which aims to support freelance journalists during the pandemic. This fund was used to provide practical and financial support to freelance journalists whose work and livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19.
COVID-19 Hardship Fund | The Rory Peck Trust
The Rory Peck Trust
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