Contingency Funds

Struggling with the cost of a new boiler? Computer on its last legs? Project fallen through leaving you with a shortfall? Writing career affected by illness or a domestic situation? Have you thought about applying to us for help? 

You don’t need to be freezing in a garret to get help from us.

The SOA gives grants for contingencies which can help professional writers who need a boost. The grants are managed in confidence and were endowed by other writers who know that a writer’s life has its ups and downs.

Specific grants are available for poets and women journalists.

How to apply

Please complete an application form and return it to us by post or email with a covering letter, which briefly sets out the circumstances that have prompted the application. (This can be as long or as short as you feel is necessary to give the assessors a sense of your current situation and needs.)

We are usually able to notify applicants of the outcome within around three weeks. Membership of the SOA is not a requirement.

Please feel free to contact a member of staff in confidence for an informal chat. 020 7373 6642. 

Please note that we are unable to offer grants for:

• Publication costs/those who are in difficulty because they have contributed towards publication costs
• Student tuition fees
• A specific writing project (see the Authors’ Foundation)

Charity numbers 277018 / 327482 / 259845 / 212406