The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is partnering with the Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund for this joint effort to provide emergency funding to Black journalists. Through this link, applicants will be able to be considered for both opportunities, administrated by the IWMF. Read the different criteria of these two opportunities as below:

Black Journalists Therapy Relief Fund was started by Sonia Weiser via GoFundMe on May 31, 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.  

The IWMF's United States Journalism Emergency Fund, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation in partnership with Craig Newmark Philanthropies. To qualify for this Fund, you must be a U.S.-based journalist of any gender (including men) targeted as a result of your reporting at events related to the highly charged political unrest and polarization in the U.S., including elections, civil movements and other challenging environments. You may request support for:

  • Immediate needs related to your professional work, such as medical aid, destroyed or stolen equipment and protective gear;
  • Long-term needs such as trauma, mental health services and referrals to legal support.

Applicants must be working journalists and must provide proof of their financial need. Funding is available to both staff journalists and those working independently. 

To request assistance from the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. Please create an account on Submittable and log in to see the questionnaire. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered. Requests will be reviewed in the order they were received. If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s United States Journalism Emergency Fund, please email info@iwmf.org

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