Rory Peck Trust: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Rory Peck Trust awards grants to freelance newsgatherers around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder bases its grants largely on the needs of journalists and their families. It also makes awards to families of news gatherers that have been killed on the job.

PROFILE:

OVERVIEW: The Rory Peck Trust awards grants to freelance newsgatherers around the world.

IP TAKE: This funder bases its grants largely on the needs of journalists and their families. It also supports families of newsgatherers that have been killed on the job.

PROFILE: During his lifetime, freelance camera operator Rory Peck covered wars in the Gulf, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. In 1993 Peck was filming a gun battle during the Yeltsin revolt and was caught in the crossfire and killed. In 1995, Peck’s wife Juliet, along with a group of close friends founded the Rory Peck Trust to “provide practical assistance and support to freelance newsgatherers and their families worldwide.” Based in London, the trust works within a large network of partners to reach freelance news gatherers around the world. The trust offers grants and scholarships as well as workshops, training courses, and projects.

Its freelance assistance grants offer funding for freelance journalists and their families who are in a “critical situation,” such as being threatened, imprisoned or being forced into hiding. The trust does not specify grant amounts for this program. Interested grantseekers may contact the trust directly at +44 (0) 20 3219 7867/7865 or at assitances@rorypecktrust.org.

The Peck Training Fund offers scholarships to freelance newsgatherers seeking affordable training for working in hostile environments. The trust limits scholarships to freelancers working internationally. Click here to learn more about the freelancers supported by the Rory Peck Trust.

Finally, Peck offers nonmonetary resources to freelance journalists such as its region-specific projects and ongoing practical advice and information programs. 

PEOPLE:

  • Tina Carr, Director
  • Mary O’Shea, Head of Programs
  • Catalina Cortes, Senior Program Officer, Safety and the Americas
  • Valentine Gavard, Program Officer, sub-Saharan Africa
  • Qurratulain Zaman, Program Officer, Asia
  • Austin Cooper, Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa

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