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FFF Bursaries for Freelancers 2020

The 2020 Forum Freelance Fund (FFF) competition re-opens on August 17 with significant extensions to the periods in which courses must be chosen and taken. The FFF competition had been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the provision of courses.


Winners will now have up to 18 months in which to select a course and a further 6 months to complete it. Some approved course providers are expected to resume live courses sooner than others, however. A rule change means courses can comprise virtual components as well as in-person ones, taken at different times. Refresher courses, some of which can be taken virtually, are also eligible.

FFF bursaries are intended for Canadian-linked freelancers working in dangerous conditions. The number of bursaries awarded varies from year to year. The bursaries are worth $2,500 CAD each. Freelancers must have sufficient field experience to apply.

FFF applicants must be Canadian or be able to show a qualifying body of work for Canadian media. Priority is given to those whose work puts them in greatest need. Sponsors include CBC News and Radio-Canada Information.

A separate new competition will now provide a stream of mini-bursaries intended to help freelancers take advantage of virtual safety courses now being offered by our approved course providers and by other journalism organizations. Funding has currently been allocated for at least 15 winners of bursaries up to $400 CAD. 

Un nouveau concours distinct fournira un flux de mini-bourses destinées à aider les pigistes à profiter des cours de sécurité virtuelle actuellement offerts par nos fournisseurs de cours approuvés et par d'autres organisations journalistiques. Des fonds ont actuellement été alloués à au moins 15 lauréats de bourses allant jusqu'à 400 $ CAN.

The 2020 Portenier Human Rights Bursary competition is still on hold because of the pandemic. This  bursary is affected differently by it, because of its special conditions. Further information coming soon. 

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For a selection of comments from previous winners and course providers, click here



For a full list of all previous FFF and Portenier bursary winners, click here.