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Grants & Opportunities

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 £400.

We offer two grants –  Low Income Grant and Teachers Grant. For full eligibility details and to apply for either or both of our grants, and to see our full grant information pack and application form click here.


How To Apply:

1 Download our information and application packs via the attachments provided below, 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 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

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.

Arvon Grant Application Pack 2016


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.


Testimonial Read More

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:

We offer a number of exciting opportunities throughout the year to writers and teachers. Please click on the opportunities listed below to read more about them:

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016 Short Story Competition

New Poetry Business Poetry Pamphlet

SI Leeds Literary Prize

Northern Writers’ Awards