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Funding and Grants for Writers

Funding Organisations and Sponsors - Grants and Awards

 Arts Council England, East.   Eden House, 48-49 Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LR. General enquiries contact the Helpdesk at or call 0845 300 6200.  Our email address for Open access funding scheme is Grants for the Arts, and full details of this are available on our website under Funding. 
Euclid is a comprehensive information source for the arts, including sources of funding from the European Community.

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - nurturing individual talent with a minimum of bureaucracy, using the income from a 200 million Lottery endowment. To get yourself on the mailing list, phone 0171 861 9679, fax 0171 861 9675 or write to
NESTA, 1st Floor, Gainsborough House, 33 Throgmorton Street, London EC2N 2BR

Arts Council England

14 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3NQ

Tel 0845 300 6200  Fax 020 7973 6564


Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people's lives. Founded 1946. Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from government and the National Lottery to artists and arts organizations. Funding for writers and literature professionals is available through the Grants for the arts programme. Information is available on the website, by e-mail or by contacting the enquiry line on 0845 300 6200.

Support for live literature access, new audiences and live literature development. See the Live Literature website.
Decibel is an ACE project focusing on African, Asian and Caribbean artists currently living and working in Britain

2 Pear Tree Court, London EC1R 0DS

Phone: 020 7608 6100 Fax: 020 7608 Textphone: 020 7608 4101 E-mail:

The Northern Rock Foundation Writer's Awards 2004 in association with New Writing North offer 20.000 a year for three years to published writes. Full details at, by e-mail from, phone 0191 232 9991, or by writing to New Writing North, 7-8 Trinity Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DF

The Society of Authors 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB
Offers grants for published authors to aid work on the next book or collection.

Arts Council England, South East Sovereign House, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1RA
phone: 0845 300 6200 fax: 0870 242 1257 email:

Scottish Arts Council
12 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7DD

Fax 0131-225-9833.

Grant and award bodies

Arts Council of England

Arts Council of Scotland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

British Council


Arts Council of England
There are 15 awards of 7,000 each to be given to writers engaged on
works-in progress. There are a variety of categories and the writers must
have been previously published in book form.

Further details and application form from:

Literature Department
Arts Council of England
14 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 3NQ
Tel. 020 7973 6442

British Academy
A number of awards and grants exist in different departments of the British
Academy. However, these are only for scholars who wish to undertake
advanced research at post-doctoral level, and only cover the area of
Humanities and Social Sciences. They are listed in a Guide to Awards in the
Humanities and Social Sciences available from:

The British Academy
10 Carlton House Terrace
Tel: 020 7969 5200
(see Research Funding)

The Fulbright Commission
Offers a Raymond Chandler UK Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction
Writing. This is awarded to British and American citizens in alternate
years. More information is available from:

The Fulbright Commission
Fulbright House
62 Doughty Street
Tel. 020 7404 6880

65 Raglan Road
Tel: 0113 243 3008

Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Foundation has set up a fund of 10,000 to support freelances in
publishing. This funding is available to those freelances wishing to
develop their skills through training. Further details and an application
form can be obtained from:

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
18 Queen Anne's Gate
Tel: 020 7227 3500

London Arts
London Arts operate 30 funding programmes aimed at poets and writers of
fiction. Specific details can be obtained from:

London Arts
Elme House
133 Long Acre
Tel. 020 7240 1313 or 020 7240 4578 (Help Line)

Northern Arts
A literary fellowship is available over a two-year period. Information and
application forms can be obtained from:

Northern Arts
Central Square
Forth Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: 0191 255 8542

Grants to individual writers are managed by
New Writing North

New Writing North
7-8 Trinity Chare
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: 0191 232 9991
fax: 0191 230 1883

The Royal Literary Fund
Grants and pensions are awarded to published authors in financial need or
to their dependants. Examples of an author's works are needed for
assessment by the Committee. Write for further details and an application
form to:

Mrs Fiona Clark
The Royal Literary Fund
3 Johnsons Court
Off Fleet Street
Tel. 020 7353 7150

Society of Authors
The Society of Authors administers three charitable trusts which provide
grants to authors in financial difficulty. These are: The Francis Head
Bequest; The Authors' Contingency Fund; and The John Masefield Memorial

In addition to this, The Society of Authors also provides authors with
grants for particular projects from The Authors' Foundation. Information
and application forms are available from:

Dorothy Wright
The Society of Authors
84 Drayton Gardens
SW10 9SB
Tel. 020 7373 6642

Southern Arts
Southern Arts awards an annual bursary to assist a published writer with
work in progress. This award is worth 3500 and submissions should be made
by 14 August each year. Further details and application requirements are
available from:

Southern Arts
Literature Department
13 St Clement Street
SO23 9DO
Tel. 01962 855099

University of East Anglia
UEA Writing Fellowship is offered to a practising writer during the Spring
semester. The writer is offered the opportunity to pursue his/her own work.
This involves teaching an undergraduate course in creative writing and
organizing activities in the region. The salary is 5000 plus flat fee and
office. Application details and further information from:

University of East Anglia
Tel. 01603 56161

Wingate Scholarships
For further information write to:

Wingate Scholarships
38 Curzon Street
London W1Y 8EY

Factsheet published by

Booktrust 45 East Hill London SW18 2QZ
tel: 020 8516 2977 fax: 020 8516 2978