The Society of Authors is 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.
Finding out 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 (2019 recipient)
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 (2018 recipient)
From 2021, Authors’ Foundation grants included 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 – awarded for the first time in October 2021.
Please note that our deadlines changed from 2021.
We have two rounds of funding each year, in the Spring and in the Autumn. Grants are usually between £2,000-£3,500 and are a maximum of £6,250.
|Application Deadline||Funds Available|
|1 February, annually||May|
|1 July, annually||October|
How to apply
You are eligible to 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.
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.
Self-published books are not currently eligible for the funds. This, and all criteria for the funds, is kept under review by the trustees.
Application is made by email using the entry form below. Please attach your application in .doc or .pdf format and send to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘AUTHORS’ FOUNDATION APPLICATION’ in the subject line.
- No author may apply to the Foundation twice in the same year.
- Grants are only given for one work in progress.
- 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. Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions.
- Editors, translators, and screenwriters are not eligible.
About the grants
The grants are awarded through the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust registered charities, and are comprised of a range of specific awards.
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
K Blundell Trust
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