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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.

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: Two grants are available for Arvon Wolverhampton – see course page for details.  The grant fund for the 2015 residential course programme has now been allocated. We will make further grants available in December 2015 for the 2016 course programme.


Read about people who have received an Arvon Grant

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

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.

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

Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2016/17

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 2015.

Now in its seventh year, the scheme is run in partnership the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and will take on nine talented, emerging writers, who will be mentored for one year by an established writer working in the genre of either Poetry, Fiction or Playwriting.

This is a unique opportunity to transform your writing practice. Over the course of the year you will benefit from dedicated support and guidance with your writing, two week-long residentials at an Arvon centre, additional industry advice, and the opportunity to expand your practice as part of a new media writing project.

Read more

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:

Commonword Women in the Spotlight

New Poetry Business Poetry Pamphlet

Teachers as Writers