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Applying for Live Literature funding

Live Literature brings reading and writing to the heart of communities by part-funding author events for organisations across Scotland

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Applications for sessions in April – December 2021 have not opened yet. We will update this page with more information about applying for these sessions as soon as we can.

Why apply?

Live Literature makes author events affordable by splitting the cost of the author fee with the organisation, as well as covering the cost of any travel, food and accommodation expenses.

Events can take place in person or remotely, depending on your organisation’s circumstances.

Alongside financial support, the team at Scottish Book Trust can be on hand with help and advice for planning and promoting your session. We'll pay the author directly, and invoice you for your contribution after the event has taken place.

Who can apply?

Individuals and not-for profit organisations in every part of Scotland can apply for support to host events or projects with authors.

You can apply for funding if:

How to apply

The panel carefully read and consider all applications. Where appropriate, the panel gives feedback along with the award decision.

What are the panel looking for?

Imagination: We like to support interesting, imaginative sessions which show a commitment to the promotion and enjoyment of reading and writing.

Your local authority area: We aim to support events and projects that reach as wide a range of people as possible and events are spread throughout every local authority in Scotland.

Clear outcomes: We want to support sessions that have a clear and demonstrable benefit. We want to know how many people will benefit from the events and how. We also like to know how the session fits in with any other activity you're planning and whether it will have a legacy.

Your history of funding: We welcome applications from organisations that have previously been supported by Live Literature funding, and the panel will take into account how you have used Live Literature funding in the past when making their decision.

Get in touch

For all enquiries, or if you need to make an application in a different way due to access reasons, please email live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).