Second round of relief funds available for NPPA photojournalists financially impacted by COVID-19
Athens, GA. - One year after the creation of our COVID-19 Relief Fund, applications are officially open again for journalists in need who could benefit from additional funds.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the National Press Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Foundation teamed up to collect donations for members who had their livelihoods impacted by COVID-19. Not only have visual journalists remained at the front lines covering the pandemic, often at great risk, but our community has faced layoffs, canceled assignments, furloughs and salary cuts as publishers and clients scale back.
Due to the generosity of more than 400 donors last year, we distributed more than $34,000 to nearly 70 NPPA members in need at the end of April 2020, providing each with a $500 relief grant.
Since then, we have received several additional generous donations. Adding these to last year’s residual funds brings us to a total of $12,700 that we will distribute after the current application deadline April 25, 2021, at noon EDT.
We are grateful to all donors who stepped up to help photographers during this difficult time, including Sony, which gave a generous $5,000 to the relief fund. A full list of donors can be found at nppf.org. All donations are made through the NPPF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Applications are being accepted from current NPPA members who were financially impacted by the pandemic. A committee will review applicants and disperse funds.
To apply, click here.
Applications will close at Noon EST on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
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