The cost-of-living crisis means lots of journalists are struggling to get by, especially when the industry is still recovering from the challenges of the pandemic. If you’re finding it difficult to cope, we’re here to help with information, practical support, and financial assistance.

Even though we’re both working, I honestly thought we’d lose our house. Your support right now is beyond incredible.

Lisa, Liverpool

Talk to us

If you’re struggling and need some support you can speak to a friendly advisor on the phone, via email or on socials. We offer a range of tools around financial assistance and work with a number of partners to provide extra help where you need it. Rest assured, whatever you tell us will be treated in confidence and in accordance with our privacy policy.

Online support

If you’re struggling to manage your money, MoneyHelper is a free online service which offers support around a range of issues including benefits, budgeting, and debt. If recent hikes in the cost of living mean you’re struggling to manage your bills, there’s a handy bill prioritising tool which might help you. If you’re worried your debts might be out of control, Step Change can help you get your finances back on track.

Financial assistance

If you’re a journalist, or former journalist and need financial help, you can apply for support quickly and easily using the online application form, or you can download it if you’d prefer. You’ll find more information around eligibility and what you’ll need to provide here, but if you need help during the application process you can contact a member of the team for confidential advice.

When it comes to how much cash support you could receive, we try not to be prescriptive, but always listen carefully to your circumstances and do our very best to provide the help you need.

To be eligible for financial help from the charity you must be a journalist or former journalist in the UK, or work for a UK organisation overseas. Journalism should have been your main source of income for at least 2 continuous years out of the last 5 years or for 7 years in total (if not current) If you meet this criteria please access the form below. If you have been in work for less than 2 years you may qualify the First Job Fund.

Please read our Privacy Statement before applying for financial assistance

Alternatively you can download and print an application form here. Or for help, advice, and guidance around an application you can call our contact number or email

As a small charity, we’re not contactable out of office hours. But if you’re in crisis and struggling to cope, please get in touch with the Samaritans which understands the pressures of working in journalism. Freecall: 116 123

Thank you for helping me and my very young children out of what can only be described as a living nightmare. We are eternally grateful.

Ameena, London

First Jobs Fund