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Grants to help with course fees

Our grants are for writers who are unable to afford our full course fees and would otherwise be unable to attend an Arvon week. Last year we were able to help more than 90% of all writers who applied. Priority is given to first time Arvon writers. You can apply for any amount up to the full course fee, although most £200 and £400.

We raise funds throughout the year and are proud to offer 2 special grants – our low incomes grant and our teachers grant. For both of our grants you must be a UK resident.

Our low income grant takes into consideration the following:

  • Household income and personal income
  • Employment status
  • People dependent on you (children and elderly relatives)
  • If you are in receipt of state benefits
  • Any other circumstances affecting your ability to afford the fees

Our teachers grant are for teachers of English and can be applied for in conjunction with our low income grant. Our teachers grant is not affected by your financial status so please do apply regardless.

For full eligibility details and an application form for either of our grants, please click here.

Please note: there is a limited grant fund each year, and it does tend to be fully allocated in the first third of the year, so it is recommended you apply before April 30 each year.

UPDATE: The grant fund for the 2015 course programme has now been allocated, so no further grants are available – for teachers’ grants or open programme. We will make further grants available in December 2015 for the 2016 course programme.


1 Download a grant pack (.PDF .doc), 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.

If you would like more information about our grant scheme, or help with the application, do call us on 020 7324 2554 or email

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.

Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama

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For the third year Arvon is pleased to present The Gillian Hush Award for writers of radio drama. The  winner of the award will receive a free place on the Radio Drama course taking place in November at  The Hurst, Nov 2-7, with tutors Anjum Malik and Peter Leslie Wild.

The successful applicant will demonstrate why they would be unable to attend the course without the  benefit of a grant, and in addition present a strong personal statement explaining how the course will  help them develop their writing during the week and beyond.To apply for this fully funded place please download a grant pack, complete the application form, and return it to Dan Pavitt, Centre Administrator, The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Clunton, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 0JA requesting the full course fee (£725). Please mark the envelope ‘Gillian Hush Award’. Alternatively you can submit the application electronically to, including ‘Gillian Hush Award’ in the title line.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2015.

The award is given in honour of the late Gillian Hush who was one of the BBC’s most distinguished and appreciated radio producers and was a generous supporter of Arvon.


Read more about the Writing for Radio course here.

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