Welcome to the website of the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists (previously known as the 8 Ball Welfare Foundation).  Our friends and colleagues at the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA) have assembled a useful list of resources for journalists and photojournalists as we strive to make it (both professionally and personally) through the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Please click on the button below to access the PPAGLA list and also note the highlighted addition to Our Mission statement (below)

regarding the coronavirus crisis and the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists' grants. 

Some of the entertainment industry's shining lights of the 1950s came together
to start what is now the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists, contributing money to help journalists recently laid off and in financial need.  

More than 60 years later, our organization is still helping journalism professionals - those who are active - and others seeking their next opportunity, ailing or recently retired.  This website tells our story as we reach out to help still others. 


The 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists Board of Directors appreciates your support through donations.


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Our Mission

The 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists is committed to helping Southern California journalists and photojournalists in need.  

We provide grants to broadcast, digital and print journalists who are directly involved in the editorial process and are currently working or have recently worked in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties and now find themselves behind the eight-ball, having a hard time covering food, rent, medical and other essential expenses.


Our financial aid helps journalists overcome temporary financial struggles by:

  • allowing working journalists stay in our industry.

  • assisting those who have been laid off, are recovering from illness or are recently retired.                                                     

The financial needs of journalists and photojournalists are greater as the result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.   We are seeing an increasing number of staff members and freelancers furloughed.  


Please know we will take layoffs and other impacts of the coronavirus into consideration in reviewing grants during this difficult time.


Applications are reviewed by our Board of Directors and grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Being a journalist is tough and we need to support each other. Please consider making a donation to the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists, to help a colleague in temporary financial need.


Our secondary mission, when funds are available, is to help journalism students at local colleges and universities. This is done in consultation with the various journalism departments. Please click on these links for Personal Grants or Journalism Student Grants or use the menu buttons above to learn more.

Thank you for visiting the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists website.