Grants & Schemes - Arvon

Grants & Schemes

Grants to help with course fees

(Please Note: we only have a grant available for one free place on one of our 2014 Radio courses – the Gillian Hush Award. To apply for this award, please fill in the standard grant application pack, stating that your applying for the Gillian Hush Award. There are no longer any grant funds remaining for grants for 2014 across our other courses, but a new grant fund will open for 2015 courses from January 2015. )

If you are a UK resident and cannot afford the full course fee, we encourage you to apply for one of our grants, which are awarded on the basis of financial need and not writing ability. Last year we were able to help more than 90% of all writers who applied. Priority is given to those coming to Arvon for the first time.

You may apply for any amount up to the full course fee, although most grants are between £200 and £400. We offer higher amounts only in exceptional cases. To help us support as many people as possible, please only apply if you’d be unable to attend the course without a grant, and ask for the minimum amount you need.


The Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2015/16

We are pleased to announce that the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme is once again open for applications from writers who attended an Arvon course in 2014. Each place on the scheme is fully supported by funding from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

The scheme will take on nine talented, emerging writers, who will mentored for one year by an established writer working in the genre of either Poetry, Fiction or Playwriting.

See here for more information.

Grants for Teachers

Arvon supports the professional development of practising teachers of English, who may apply for a special fixed grant of £200 towards a course fee. You will need to send evidence that you are a practising teacher of English at a UK state primary or secondary school, or further education college. Teachers’ grants are limited in number and can be applied for in addition to the usual grant if further financial assistance is needed.


1 Download a grant pack, or ask us to send it to you. It contains full details of the application procedure and an application form. 2 Reserve a place on your chosen course, either online or by phoning the centre hosting your course, and make sure that you indicate you wish to apply for a grant. You do not need to pay a deposit at this stage. Your place will be held while we await your application form. 3 Complete the application form and send it along with your supporting documents to your chosen centre within seven days. 4 After we’ve assessed your application, we’ll contact you with a decision and finalise your booking. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate centre.

My experience of Arvon was life-changing… I certainly wouldn’t have been able to attend if I hadn’t been given some assistance with the financial side of things