The International Women’s Media Foundation(IWMF) invites applications for Emergency Funds, including the COVID-19 Relief fund in 2020.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IWMF is turning their attention to how they may best serve their 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 their global network of journalists – especially among freelancers with no safety net.

The 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.

Worth of Award

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 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • 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.

Deadline: Applications are ongoing


Click here for more details and to apply

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