Arvon Grant Scheme Terms & Conditions

If concessions are available for your chosen course and you are eligible, you may be able to apply for up to 30% of the course fee (for residential courses) or 50% of the course fee (for online courses) without completing an application form. See details here:  Arvon | residential creative writing courses and retreats UK

  1. Arvon’s grant scheme is for writers who cannot afford the full course fee. Grants are awarded on the basis of meeting the specific eligibility criteria of the relevant scheme or financial need, and not writing ability.
  2. Arvon grants are only available to writers living permanently in the UK. We are unable to offer grants to citizens of the UK living abroad. For the purposes of our policies, a UK resident is defined as a person who has their main home in the United Kingdom, who is registered with a medical practitioner in the UK, and who has been resident in the UK for 6 months out of the last 12.
  3. An Arvon grant will cover some or all of the full cost of one Arvon course. For residentials, this includes all tuition, food and accommodation.
  4. In the case of residentials, travel to and from the course must be arranged by the grant recipient, and all travel costs must be paid by the grant recipient. Arvon cannot provide financial assistance with travel.
  5. We can only offer one grant for one course per person and cannot consider applications for any additional courses, in the same year or subsequent years. You can either apply for a residential course grant or an online course grant, but not both. Priority is given to those with the greatest financial need.
  1. Grants are connected to a specific course and applicants should reserve a place prior to making a grant application. The place will be reserved for seven days, giving time to complete a grant application.
  2. After receiving notification that they have been awarded a grant, the recipient must confirm their booking by paying a minimum deposit of:
  • £100 for residentials
  • £50 for online courses

This should be within 7 days. If, after the grant is awarded, the balance is less than the deposit stated above, the remaining amount must be paid within 7 days. Full grant recipients are not required to pay a deposit. Any balances remaining after the deposit is paid, will be due either 6 weeks before the course starts (residentials) or 4 weeks before (online courses).

  1. If a grant award is not confirmed by payment of a deposit (where applicable) within 7 days of notification, the award will be withdrawn and the provisional booking cancelled. Any queries about this should be directed to: grants@arvon.org. Grant awards may only be used within the calendar year in which they are awarded. If you wish to apply for a future year, you will need to submit a new application.
  2. It is a condition of the award that grant recipients must submit a short written report by email within two weeks of the end of their chosen course, describing their experience and the impact it will have on their writing. This will be sent out for completion after the course.
  3. Decisions will be made by Arvon staff. Grants will be awarded solely on the basis of the financial information and personal statements supplied in the application forms.
  4. Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application whether or not they have been successful. We aim to provide a decision on applications within 2 weeks of submission, but this may take longer during busy periods.
  5. Arvon reserves the right to award applicants a lower amount than they applied for, not to award a grant, or to withdraw the grants scheme in whole or in part at any time.
  6. Should a grant recipient need to transfer a course booking in line with Arvon’s  Booking Terms and Conditions, the grant award will be transferred to the new course, if the applicant’s circumstances remain the same.
  7. Should a grant recipient need to cancel a booking, the grant award will be withdrawn but a fresh application can be made in the future. The cancelled award will not count towards the total number of grants allowed.
  8. Our decisions on grant awards are final and we will not enter into any correspondence about them.
  9. Arvon grants cannot be exchanged in whole or in part for any cash equivalent, nor transferred to another person.
  10. Applications from previous Arvon grant recipients who have failed to attend a course without notice or good reason will not be considered.
  11. Arvon reserves the right to withdraw any offer of a grant if the conditions of the award are not met.