Supporting Beirut: Response and Recovery Fund

In partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, ICFJ will administer a new program to support the stabilization and recovery needs of journalists and news organizations in Lebanon affected by the Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020. This initiative will assist in getting local news outlets that suffered damage to infrastructure and resources back on their feet.

About the program

In its first phase, the program will identify Lebanese news organizations and journalists in need of urgent financial support. Impacted journalists and news organizations will then be able to apply for emergency relief grants. 

ICFJ will follow these criteria to identify and select recipients: 

News organizations: 

  • Based in Beirut
  • Lebanese news organization that primarily serves Lebanese audiences
  • Damaged as a direct result of the August 4 explosion
  • Have been in operation for at least two years
  • Employ at least five journalists 
  • Have an online presence


  • Based in Beirut
  • Experienced damage to homes and/or workplace as a result of the August 4 explosion
  • Must have demonstrated a journalistic record


In addition to the criteria mentioned above, news organizations and journalists will only be eligible for emergency funds once vetted and cleared through the Excluded Parties List System, a U.S. government database that identifies names and vendors that are sanctioned, unallowed, or otherwise disqualified from receiving funding. 

Program Type
In-Country Program

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Contact Info

Jennifer Dorroh
Senior Program Director

Tabitha Richmond 
Program Officer

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