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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 £500.

We have just released a limited pot of grant funding that is now available for writers. Due to the popularity of our grants this limited fund will be allocated quickly, so we recommend telephoning the relevant Arvon centre to enquire about funds before applying.

We offer two grants –  Low Income Grant and Teachers Grant.

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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.


See here for details of our grant fund terms and conditions.

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.

Low Income Grant Application Form

Low Income Grant Application Form – print version

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.

Teachers’ Grant Application Form

Teachers’ Grant Application Form – print version

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

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.



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:

THE JERWOOD/ARVON MENTORING PROGRAMME 2017/18 – open to all who attended Arvon courses or retreats in 2015 or 2016

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