How our Grants work:
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. Writers can apply for any amount up to the full course fee, although most receive between £200 and £500.
There are currently no funds available. Due to the popularity of our grants the limited funds are allocated quickly, but we do hope to release more funds early next year.
We also have two free places on an upcoming Playwriting course for playwrights under 30 through the David Pease Award, for more information on how to apply please refer here.
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We encourage applicants from D/deaf and/or Disabled people, and factor in any additional living/support costs when considering your grant – see here for information about accessibility on Arvon courses.
Low Income Grant
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.
Priority is given to those coming to Arvon for the first time. You may apply for any amount up to the full course fee. The average grant we awarded in 2016 was £350. We offer higher amounts only in exceptional cases.
To apply for a grant, you must first book on a course, and then send us your completed grant application form. We will hold a place for you while we assess your application. You do not need to pay anything to book your place. Payment will only be required when we confirm if your grant application was successful.
To help us support as many people as possible, please apply only if you’d be unable to attend the course without a grant, and ask for the minimum amount you need.
Grants are only available for those booking a course (any of our courses that have tutors), not our untutored retreats .
Grants for Teachers
Arvon supports the professional development of practising teachers, 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 at a UK 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.
How To Apply:
1 Download our information and application packs via the attachments provided above, or contact us to send you a copy of both. Read through each for full details of the application procedure and the application form.
2 Reserve a place on your chosen course, either online or by phoning the centre hosting your course please indicate that 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 with your supporting documents by email or post to your chosen centre within seven days.
4 Once we’ve assessed your application, we’ll contact you with a decision and finalise your booking. If you have any questions, please contact the centre directly.
If you would like more information about our grant scheme, or help with the application, call us on 020 7324 2554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligibility: You must be resident in the UK and able to demonstrate that you do not have the financial means to cover the full cost of an Arvon course.
The course came at the perfect time in my life, and offered a truly unique experience. — Lateisha Lovelace-Hanson
I am enormously grateful for the grant I received which made it possible for me to spend a week at Lumb Bank, starting to write. — Lindsey Watkins
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 —
Further Opportunities for Writers:
THE JERWOOD/ARVON MENTORING PROGRAMME 2017/18 – open to all who attended Arvon courses or retreats in 2015 or 2016