FUNDING KNOWHOW Arvon Foundation

Who doesn't dream of a writer's retreat in the English countryside? In this new Funding KnowHow series, KnowHow editor Eleanor Pender explores grants and funding opportunities to help support writers and illustrators. 

Do you dream of that perfect writing setting? You look out of a large window, a rural landscape spread out before you, your latest work in progress in front of you. Peace and quiet all around, no laundry to worry about or dinner to cook. All that fills your day is your writing. Sound like exactly what you're looking for?

The problem is, as we all know, it can be tougher than it looks to find the time, space and the money to find the right settings and courses. In this new KnowHow series, I'll be taking a closer look at various grants and funding available across the UK that help to support writers and illustrators to grow their craft, to find the time and space you need to finish the work you've started.

This week, we take a closer look at Arvon Foundation. If you haven't heard of Arvon, I really recommend you take a closer look. With five centres across England, you may be closer to a retreat than you think.

Grants for Arvon Course & Writing Retreats
Arvon offer grant schemes to help writers who cannot afford their full course fees. Fees can range from £353 to £850.

The Arvon Low Income Grant
You can apply for the Low Income Grant if you are a UK resident and cannot afford the full course fee. You can apply for any amount up to the full course fee. As a point of comparison, the average grant awarded in 2019 was £400 and the grant helped more than 90% of all writers who applied. Note that the grant can only be applied to tutored courses and not non-tutored courses.

There are a good funding grants available, and this KnowHow series will dig a little deeper into the options out there. Who knows which one may be best suited to you?

Main Image of Totleigh Barton, Devon by Vic van Werkhooven, CC BY-SA 3.0

Based in Bristol, Eleanor lectures in digital communications and chairs YA and middle-grade events at festivals including Bath Children's Literature Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and YALC. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel.


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