Grants for works in progress

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We are one of the few organisations to make grants to writers for works in progress, currently awarding over £360,000 each year. 

The Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust award grants twice yearly to writers whose book project is for a commercial UK publisher.

From 2021, Authors' Foundation grants include the World of Books Impact Award - two annual grants of £5,000 each for books of any genre that have the power to inspire progressive behaviour change. Read more

These grants assist writers with research costs or by buying them time to write, helping them to bring exciting new work into the world. We support writers from a range of genres and styles and at all stages of their literary careers.

In December 2020 we awarded over £185,000 to 48 authors, helping them with travel costs and easing financial pressures. Read more here

Read our FAQs here

Deadlines

Please note that the deadlines have changed for 2021 to the below.

We have two rounds of funding each year, in the Spring and in the Autumn.

  Application Deadline Funds Available
  1 February, annually May
  1 July, annually October

 


The Authors' Foundation 

"An Authors' Foundation grant means, of course, time - I can now see my way through the months to [my project's] end - but it also means a great boost in spirits and confidence, a sense that others too believe in this project. For both of these things, I am enormously grateful"

– Tom Bullough, Spring 2018

The Authors’ Foundation was set up from donations by authors in 1984. It has received contributions from authors, charitable trusts, and the Royal Literary Fund.

Applications to the Authors' Foundation will also be considered for the World of Books Impact Award.

Charity number 326605/ Arthur Welton 282446


The K Blundell Trust

"Finding our I'd been awarded this much-needed grant from the Society of Authors and K Blundell Trust is life-changing news for me... As a single mum with sole responsibility for bills and running the house, I work five says a week in my job, as well as freelancing. Prioritisation and constant money worries mean I rarely get a moment to write and my writing career often feels like an afterthought... As well as lifting an enormous burden off my shoulders, knowing the judges like my existing book and the premise of my new one is a brilliant confidence boost."

Emily Morris, Spring 2019

The K Blundell Trust, generously endowed by the late Kathleen Blundell, gives grants of up to £6,000 to British authors under the age of 40 whose work, which can be fiction or non-fiction, aims to increase social awareness. 

Charity number 296487‚Äč


HOW TO APPLY

You may apply if:

You have been commissioned by a commercial British publisher to write a full-length work of fiction, poetry, or non-fiction and need funding (in addition to any publisher's advance) for important research, travel, or other general expenditure. 

OR

You are without a contractual commitment with a publisher but have had at least one book published commercially by a British publisher, of which you are the sole author, and there is a strong likelihood that your next book will be published in Britain.

In both cases you must have a non-contributory contract (either currently or for a previous publication) where you, the author, did not pay funds towards publication costs.

Application is made by email using our entry form. Please attach your application in .doc or .pdf format and send to funding@societyofauthors.org with 'AUTHORS' FOUNDATION APPLICATION' in the subject line.

Download the Entry Form

  • No author may apply to the Foundation twice in the same year.
  • Successful applicants must wait four years before reapplying to the Foundation. For example if you received funds in the Autumn round of 2020 you must wait until Spring of 2025 before reapplying.
  • Grants will not be awarded to cover publication costs (see details of these in our FAQs).
  • Editors, translators, and screenwriters are not eligible.