American Society of Journalists and Authors | Writers Emergency Assistance Fund


The American Society of Journalists and Authors' (ASJA) Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF) helps established freelance writers who, because of illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work. The Coronavirus-related fund is only available to those who cannot work because they are currently ill or caring for someone who is ill. Funds are not available to those who have lost work because publishers and/or clients are no longer assigning due to the pandemic. A writer need not be a member of ASJA to qualify for a grant. Applicants must establish a record of past professional freelance non-fiction writing over a sustained period of years. The WEAF does not award grants to beginning freelancers seeking funding for writing projects, nor does it fund works-in-progress of any kind.


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