Global opportunities for covid 19 response

COVID-19 Relief Fund 2020 for Women Journalists

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the IWMF is turning our attention to how we may best serve our 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, we anticipate a great need for support within our global network of journalists – especially among freelancers with no safety net.

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. This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request. However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial need.

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


To be eligible for the IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • 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.


  • This fund will provide small grants of up to $2,000 USD per request.
  • However, special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to those who have greater financial needs.

If you have any questions relating to the IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund, please email

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US$ 500,000 Grants for IT Projects on COVID 19

The Internet Society Foundation is providing funding to organizations working on projects that utilize the Internet to improve lives during or in response to an emergency situation. The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that take known Internet-based technical solutions and apply them to COVID-19 responses or are pivoting from their “regular” activities to create new projects or reworked technical solutions that respond to the pandemic.

2020 Eligibility

The basic eligibility requirements for all Foundation grants are outlined here. All applicants must ensure that they meet these basic requirements.

The Foundation is interested in funding organizations that:

  • Are committed to the using the Internet as a force for good
  • Implement global and/or regional projects with measurable and documented impact on individuals and local communities

Selection Criteria

Organizations will be asked in the online application form to:

  • Demonstrate previous experience in managing grants of at least US$250,000 within a one-year period.  Experience in managing subawards to local groups is desirable as well.
  • Clearly articulate how the proposed project directly addresses the current urgent period of the crisis while also having direct positive impact during the inevitable “second wave” of the pandemic later this year and into 2021. 
  • Demonstrate innovative ideas and creative thinking to address this emergency, such as repurposing proven technical solutions to make lasting effect.


Grants of $250,000 to $500,000 USD will be awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months.

2020 Timeframe

  • Applications accepted: 5 May to 17 May 2020
  • Independent Review Panel evaluation: 18 May to 22 May 2020
  • Decisions shared: Beginning 27 May 2020

Apply Here