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Industry Insider – Funding Opportunities with Arts Council England

28 April @ 14:00 - 15:00 BST

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As the Covid-19 crisis continues, what support is available for authors and creative practitioners living and working in England? What type of work is covered by grants? How do you apply?

Sarah Crown, Director of Literature, will offer an overview of grant programmes and funding that writers, illustrators and literary translators can apply for from Arts Council England including National Lottery Project Grants and Developing Your Creative Practice. Sarah will share advice on how to apply and what to include in your application, what makes a successful project and how to get your idea off the ground.

There will be an open Q&A at the end of the presentation, so please come with your questions for Sarah.

This event is in conjunction with our Authors North group. Find out more here.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome and introduction from Francesca Howell, Development Manager at The Society of Authors
  • 15 minutes – Sarah Crown on applying for funding from Arts Council England
  • 40 minutes – Q&A with the audience

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Francesca Howell with ‘Funding Opportunities with Arts Council’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many questions on the day as possible.


The line-up

Sarah Crown – Arts Council England

Sarah Crown is Director of Literature at Arts Council England. Formerly, Sarah was the editor of Mumsnet.com, and the Guardian’s online literary editor. She regularly reviews fiction and poetry for the Guardian and the TLS.

Twitter: @Sarah_Crown | @ace_national


Book your place using the registration form below.

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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

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28 April
14:00 - 15:00 BST
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