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Grants for works in progress

Grants to assist writers with research costs or to 'buy time' are awarded twice a year through the Authors' Foundation and the K Blundell Trust. From 2015 grants totalling £230,000 will be awarded each year.

The Authors' Foundation

The Authors' Foundation gives grants to authors whose project is for a British publisher.

Please note, the Authors' Foundation does not cover self-published authors as grants cannot be awarded to help towards the costs of publication.

Additional grants

Grants in memory of Taner Baybars, Roger Deakin, John Heygate, John C Laurence, Michael Meyer, Arthur Welton, and by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation are also available. Further details are given in the guidelines.

Charity number 326605

Arthur Welton charity number 282446

The K Blundell Trust

The K Blundell Trust gives grants to British authors under the age of 40 whose project is for a British publisher. The project must aim to increase social awareness, and can be fiction or non-fiction.

Please note, the K Blundell Trust does not cover self-published authors as grants cannot be awarded to help towards the costs of publication.

How to apply

Application should be made by letter with the necessary enclosures. Meetings of the assessors take place twice-yearly. Download the guidelines above.

Please post your completed application to Paula Johnson, The Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB. You can contact Paula Johnson with any queries on 020 7373 6642.

The Society's three charitable trusts award occasional grants to professional authors who find themselves in sudden and temporary financial difficulty. Information about the trusts - the Francis Head Bequest, Authors' Contingency Fund, John Masefield Memorial Trust, and Margaret Rhondda Awards - is given below.

Grants cannot be made for education or research costs.

Charity number 296487


The P. D. James Memorial Fund

Formerly known as the Pension Fund

The P. D. James Memorial Fund provides a very modest pension to authors over 60 who have been members of the SoA for over 10 years and are in financial need. To apply for a pension please download an application form. (Application forms are not always available - we inform members when they arise.)

About the scheme (PDF download) >> 

Charity number 212401


Further help and assistance

The Royal Literary Fund is the main charitable trust providing financial help to authors. Contact the secretary, Eileen Gunn, at 3 Johnson’s Court, off Fleet Street, EC4A 3EA. Tel: 020 7353 7150.

Further information: www.rlf.org.uk


Turn2us is an independent charity that helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their free, accessible website is a comprehensive and invaluable resource that helps you find sources of financial support, quickly and easily, based on your particular needs and circumstances. In some cases, you can make online enquiries to grant-giving charities listed on the site. 

Further information: www.turn2us.org.uk


The Professionals Aid Council is a national charity helping professionals and graduates in need of financial support. It makes modest grants to individuals and familes, who despite degree-level or equivalent education, find themselves struggling financially. PAC can offer small weekly grants and other help towards various living expenses. In addition, their education fund can give small grants towards education costs for children, and help those pursuing professional qualifications.

Further information: www.professionalsaid.org.uk




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