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Grants for Writers

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 3 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Writers Grants Authors Fiction

There are plenty of awards for writers. These pay tribute to the skills needed to create novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction works. But there are also grants for writers. It’s these grants that can make the difference between the publication of a work and its failure to appear on bookshelves, in theatres or on television.

Fiction

Novelists, poets and dramatists may all find much-needed financial support from a grant. Some grants apply solely to unpublished writers; others are available for any authors, published or otherwise. All such grants, however, are for writers. In other words, an applicant must have a piece of writing to place before the panels that make the funding decisions.

Writers’ grants may also have a specific aim. For instance, the purpose of a grant may be to help finance a trip abroad.

Examples of grant bodies are the Eric Gregory Trust Fund; the Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme; the Somerset Maugham Trust Fund; and the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards.

The Eric Gregory Trust Fund is for poets under the age of 30. The Pearson Playwrights’ Scheme offers four bursaries a year to dramatists sponsored by a theatre. The Somerset Maugham Trust Fund helps writers under 35 to travel. And the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards are mainly for novelists who live in Scotland or who have written books that relate to Scotland.

Non-Fiction

There are almost as many grants for non-fiction authors as grants for fiction writers. For example, the Scottish Arts Council Book Awards mentioned above also apply to non-fiction works.

Many of the grants highlight one of the main problems of writing non-fiction: the time needed to conduct research. Grants such as those from the K. Blundell Trust help with this. The Trust exists to aid writers under 40 meet the costs of research. The research must relate, however, to social and economic organisation. Another body that gives grants to help with research is The Authors’ Foundation. But only published authors can apply.

Journalism

A number of grants recognise the need for journalists to have the chance to work at national level. The Laurence Stern Fellowship operates such a national work scheme, as does the Guardian Research Fellowship. What’s more, the latter not only allows journalists to publish the results of their research; it gives the opportunity to present a Guardian lecture.

Academic

Academic writers often need time and money to bring their work to fruition. Among available grants are The Fulbright Awards. These can help if the writer’s work is postgraduate and he or she needs to travel to the United States.

For UK-based authors writing about social sciences and the humanities, the British Academy may be able to assist. Its Small Personal Research Grants can provide useful funds. If a writer’s area of academic interest is national and international law, The Airey Neave Trust is worth considering. The Trust offers fellowships of up to three years.

Sample

The grants listed here are just a sample of those available. Research on the Internet or at a library can uncover many more. The library is a particularly good place to enquire because the staff may have details of grants designed to encourage local writing talent.

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Looking for somebody or an organization to fully or partly supportauthoring my Christian book. Please, advise.
Mwalimu - 3-Nov-17 @ 4:48 PM
delighted1964 - Your Question:
Hi need help asap as my biography has been classed as highly engaging n evocotive but need to pay partial costs towards editing publishing.

Our Response:
We hope the advice in the above article is helpful. You can also try crowd funding, there arelots of facilitators if you search the internet.
GrantsExpert - 25-May-17 @ 2:12 PM
Hi need help asap as my biography has been classed as highly engaging n evocotive but need to pay partial costs towards editing publishing .
delighted1964 - 23-May-17 @ 11:48 PM
Hi, I'm 42 married with four sons, we all live in West Midlands. Some years ago I'd to leave work as a double glazing salesman, multiple sclerosis, got in the way. Oh. By the way, I wasn't an a hole salesman. People liked me! Anyway it took Jedi like disaplin to get used to the (no work no money thing) like most people, we're used to it now. I feel time rich now, the wife and I spend nearly every waken hour together, she's my main carer, I have two more, but she's my number one. When I could still drive I took my boys four times a week to martial arts training. I recommend it, you'll never meet a cheeky or bad mannered black belt. I have four little gentlemen. While sitting waiting around the corner, I wrote three books so far, I love it. Two fiction one not. "Fear behind the door " number 10. "Faith and freash air" and my story so far. They sound wick, but you'd be surprised. Is there any help I can get. To publish or just a bed the wife and I can share. I'm in a single hospital bed. They won't give me one we both can use. We're married nearly twenty years. Sorry, I was about to go of on one. Don't worry if you can't help, I'll just say thanks for reading this, and let me be the first to wish you a happy Christmas.
Dryfish - 22-May-17 @ 4:21 AM
Hi i have been accepted for my book to be published but need 2300 pounds it is excellent but how can i get help
delighted1964 - 4-May-17 @ 4:56 PM
Hi my name is olayende surrzema I am 25 years old. Over the last few months I have been writting children's books which I think are very good books which I would love to share with the rest of the world. Not only are the books to read and enjoy but beneficial. I am passionate about writting and find comfort in writing also. The only issue is getting my work out the public. I would love to be able to sell my books world wide however I don't have the funding to do so.Which grant will be suitable for me. Thankyou
Ola - 31-Mar-17 @ 11:38 AM
I am 32. I have over seven books written, but there is no money to publish it. I also want to sell some to raise money to publish the rest but no one is ready to buy. Please which grant will be suitable for me? Thank you
soj - 13-Mar-17 @ 8:42 AM
Octopus - Your Question:
Hi,I'm unemployed due to sickness and I'm writing a book. I wondered whether I am eligible to apply for an Arts Council grant or will they think I have time and money already because I'm not working?I can't live on my benefit so I'll be forced back into doing work of some sort.Receiving a grant would legitimize my position as a writer and give me more confidence and a period of time when I can concentrate solely on my book and not worry about my immediate financial situation. I would appreciate your opinion.Thank you

Our Response:
It's always worth a try. Depending on the type of sickness and how likely your book is to be either successful or of literary value, they may consider it.
GrantsExpert - 9-Feb-17 @ 1:53 PM
Hi, I'm unemployed due to sickness and I'm writing a book. I wondered whether I am eligible to apply for an Arts Council grant or will they think I have time and money already because I'm not working? I can't live on my benefit so I'll be forced back into doing work of some sort. Receiving a grant would legitimize my position as a writer and give me more confidence and a period of time when I can concentrate solely on my book and not worry about my immediate financial situation. I would appreciate your opinion. Thank you
Octopus - 8-Feb-17 @ 10:18 AM
Fatso - Your Question:
Hi, I am looking for a grant to publish a very specialised non fiction book. I've tried the Government Loan Scheme to no avail (a book is considered too risky) I'm seeing a lot of grants available but they appear to be aimed at the arts and this is more a vocation/how to/why book - any idea where I could try?Thanks

Our Response:
Is there a society or association related to your book's topic that you can contact? You could also consider a service like LULU and then sell it on online sites or direct to users from your website.
GrantsExpert - 6-Jan-17 @ 10:49 AM
Morgan - Your Question:
I have just completed parts 1 and 2 of my first Book. I am working when I can as an IT contractor and work is getting quite hard to come by. I am 57 years old, married with two young children. I also have 3 children from a previous marriage.I would like to be given some advice on weather or not I would qualify for a grant to help get my Books published. Please email me with any advice that you can give me.Regards Gary Lee

Our Response:
Try some of the literary associations such as the Royal Literary Fund. Alternatively you might want to look at some crowd funding/kick start schemes.
GrantsExpert - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:55 AM
Hi, I am looking for a grant to publish a very specialised non fiction book.I've tried the Government Loan Scheme to no avail (a book is considered too risky) I'm seeing a lot of grants available but they appear to be aimed at the arts and this is more a vocation/how to/why book - any idea where I could try? Thanks
Fatso - 5-Jan-17 @ 9:57 AM
I have just completed parts 1 and 2 of my first Book. I am working when I can as an IT contractor and work is getting quite hard to come by. I am 57 years old, married with two young children. I also have 3 children from a previous marriage. I would like to be given some advice on weather or not I would qualify for a grant to help get my Books published. Please email me with any advice that you can give me. Regards Gary Lee
Morgan - 4-Jan-17 @ 11:54 AM
I would like to get a funding for the publishing of a childrens book, how do I proceed, who do I approach?
OL SQUARE - 30-Jul-16 @ 3:28 PM
Writers skills on above posts do seem to be a bit hit and miss. I would also suggest that writing as any other job is rewarded by capability. So if you can write you could end up like JK, she was already, like others who posted receiving several benefits when she started. So shut up get on with it and if you are capable you will be rewarded.
Furryboots - 26-Mar-16 @ 10:25 AM
I have visited,researched and photographed almost 2,000 Scottish Castles, Fortified Buildings and sites. After more than 25 years the research is complete and almost ready for publication. Is there any grants available for publication?
Chic. - 3-Dec-15 @ 1:33 PM
Nat - Your Question:
Dear Support,I am inquiring whether you can support me as an author on a publishing contract. The Publisher request £2.3k at 30% on a partnership contribution for production and marketing. The manuscript objective is to raise community members self awareness and self-esteem building.I am unemployed on sickness benefit and don't have the funds to meet the partnership requirement.Thank you for your time.Donald Lubban

Our Response:
You should investigate this further as publishers do not usually require any payment. Unfortunately we cannot give specific individual advice as we do not have all the details.
GrantsExpert - 23-Sep-15 @ 11:36 AM
Dear Support, I am inquiring whether you can support me as an author on a publishing contract. The Publisher request £2.3k at 30% on a partnership contribution for production and marketing. The manuscript objective is to raise community members self awareness and self-esteem building. I am unemployed on sickness benefit and don't have the funds to meet the partnership requirement. Thank you for your time. Donald Lubban
Nat - 21-Sep-15 @ 11:47 AM
Yes but why should any writers get a grant (including those that aren't cursed by misfortune)? Unless you can prove your work is of some literary value to society you shouldn't get one...so if you want to make a packet from a bit of summer chic lit/goth horror, rule yourself out!
MissLexic - 7-Aug-15 @ 10:29 AM
Jesus christ is everybody on here appealing for funding because they are cursed by some kind of misfortune? Can't anyone appeal just because they need to write and pay the bills? Lets be honest. Also the amount of poor grammar and spelling mistakes in some of the appeals makes me wonder how they can expect to be taken seriously as writers
Dom Kennedy - 6-Aug-15 @ 4:39 PM
Hi. So I'm a single parent with mental health problems. I run my own business but money a nd time are becoming too tight to focus on my writing. I have a draft of a fantasy horror which has had some positive feedback. I'm finally in a place where my writing is seeing some real improvement but also where unless I get some help, I'm going to have to sack off the business and return to full time employment which will also exacerbate my mental health problems. If it comes to that I will no longer have the time to fit the writing in. Can anyone give me any advice? Thank you.
Sally - 21-Jun-15 @ 9:07 AM
I have written a non-fiction book called 'The Royal Guard' and need funding or just support to prepare it for publication. It is a story telling the happenings of the Royal cousins who were secretively placed in an asylum and registered as being dead. From age four I grew up around these individuals, maintaining the secrets. I then went on to work there myself when I came of age, and had witnessed the abuse throughout my childhood. It is an untold story, and one of great importance.I am suffering from a rare illness myself, so would appreciate any support.
Ash - 10-Mar-15 @ 2:26 PM
I am a writer from the Pacific Island of Papua New Guinea. I usually take part in the PNG Attitude. I am currently writing a history book on my province, Chimbu (Simbu). The missionaries, gold prospectors and the Australian Administration officers entered my province in 1933 - the province is less than 100 years old since first discovery. I am carrying out research in the province to write this book. One of the chapters is on the killing of indigenous people by expatriates. We estimate 200 were killed between 1933 and 1950. My research involves talking to old people who witnessed these killings and collecting written materials by these early expatriates who committed these bad acts. I am encountering serious problems. I would need some funding to complete my research to tell a good story. I would like to request your agency can guide me to a funding source that would be willing to fund this research. Thank you so much.
MK - 7-Jan-15 @ 3:10 PM
@David..try the Heritage Lottery fund in the first instance. Good luck
GrantsExpert - 16-Jun-14 @ 2:39 PM
I am 57, I have been collecting information on the earliest history of my home town, its basic foundation in the mid medieval era. Finally, started writing it up and find that work is getting in the way. I work for a charity and obviously a community service, but pays poor. I feel that if I continue in this direction I will never get this work done (nothing has been published about the foundation of my home town before) if I don't take the leap of faith and give up work. My needs are small and a small grant would help, not only to get this published, but other associated work. Once you get into the medieval 'tis difficult to get out. There are other projects, but I only need a start with this one, please! Anyone!
David - 14-Jun-14 @ 9:41 AM
Hello Do you know if there are any grants available for radio play writing?I am 37 years old.
black - 21-May-14 @ 7:57 AM
Advice required, my book is practically finished now (i just keep adding to it as long as it takes me to get it printed) and i just need funding with getting it published. are there any publishers smart enough to invest in a book that i feel has a great need to be read by people in the current situation we are stuck in and will be as long as there are brainless entities ruling the country?
Trip - 5-Apr-14 @ 10:45 AM
Hi i have wrote many books for children who are dealing with trauma such as sexual abuse, bereavement, domestic abuse, fostering, bullying, grooming etc and i have two therapy games for abuse and the other for emotionalfeelings. i have used them in their paper form with many children and my colleagues have used them to achieve success in therapy with children.i am struggling to get them published / illustrated as i am in financial difficulty at the moment. These books will help many children to work through their trauma. I would like funding if possible; but dont knowwho to go to for support... Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
maria - 25-Oct-13 @ 9:30 PM
Help! I'm confused and have researched so many fundraisers that I do not know who to approach. My book is non-fiction about my Son who was born extremely prematurely and has been a true miracle. I require funding for a ghost writer (I have been in contact with someone). I live in the North West, but originally from Anglesey. I hope to raise monney for the Liverpool Women's Hospital where Rhys was born. Thank you in anticipation
Sonny - 27-Aug-12 @ 10:00 PM
I am a Scottish pensioner with mobility problems, in receipt of D.L.A. Although currently writing my third novel, I have as yet had no luck being published. Although I have had some positive comments, (part of one of my books was published in a local literary magazine) to date I have had almost twenty rejection on my first two books. I am struggling by on the government pension, so am not in a position to self-publish or e-publish and would be interested in any grant available for someone in my position John Mckenna.
Johnny - 23-Jun-12 @ 11:25 AM
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