Drusilla Harvey Access Fund

Group of women friends lacing arms and celebrating diversity, woman empowerment and inclusivity together. LGBTQ+ community colorful illustration. Illustration © Antonio Rodriguez
Illustration © Antonio Rodriguez
Giving authors support for travel, subsistence, childcare or access needs for events, residencies, and retreats

Usual grants will be £150 or less, but fair consideration will be given to all proposals. Please note, budgets run annually for this fund and so you must apply in the same calendar year as the event or retreat you are hoping to attend. Applicants may only apply for one grant per calendar year and preference will be given to those who have not received funds previously.

Deadlines for applications

The fund will begin accepting applications from 1 January 2023.

All claims will be assessed on a rolling basis (usually within two weeks) .

Please note funds cannot be applied for retrospectively for events already attended.


Grants are awarded to all authors, by which we mean:

  • Anyone who creates work for publication, broadcast or performance. You do not need to be a member to apply but you should meet our criteria for membership. You can find out more about this eligibility here
  • Open to UK residents and British citizens. 

Grants can be used for:

  • Travel to events including overnight stays and subsistence. 
  • Childcare and carer support while attending an event, residency, or retreat. 
  • Travel, accommodation, and subsistence for a companion if one is required. 
  • Other access needs such as materials translated into an accessible format. 

Grants cannot be used for:

  • Events where an author has been invited to speak as these expenses should be covered by the organisation running the event.  
  • Course fees. 
  • Events that the author has already attended and is applying for funding for retrospectively.
  • If you are unsure if you are eligible please get in touch with [email protected] and we will be able to discuss your individual circumstances with you.

Receiving funds:

  • We would generally prefer applicants to fund at least 25% of the cost themselves but applications for up to 100% of costs can be made.
  • All travel and accommodation should be in line with the SoA Expense Policy and we will need electronic copies of all invoices/receipts.
  • Grants of a smaller percentage may be awarded based on circumstances

How to apply

Please download the application form from the link below.

You can submit your application by email or by post to:

The Society of Authors
24 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4EH 

Please note: For grants to assist with substantial research or travel costs, or to ‘buy time’ to complete a work in progress, see the Authors’ Foundation.

Other Resources you may find helpful:

Access to Work: A guide for the Arts and Cultural sector

Authors Awards and Advancement Charity No 1182586