Grants for writers in need

Our charitable trusts make occasional grants to professional authors who find themselves in financial difficulty.

The Francis Head Bequest

This trust offers assistance to professional writers over the age of 35 writing in the English language who were born in mainland UK or Northern Ireland.   

Mrs Head, a well-known literary agent, generously established this trust in her will and particularly wished to help authors who are unable to maintain themselves or their families owing to illness, disability or an accident; but the terms of the trust are reasonably wide.

Charity number 277018

The Authors' Contingency Fund

Many grants are made each year to professional British authors who are in financial difficulty or for the financial relief of their dependants.

In association with the Contingency Fund we make occasional awards for poets and women journalists:

  • The John Masefield Memorial Trust provides grants to British poets or their dependants who are faced with financial problems.
  • Margaret Rhondda Awards assist and support women journalists who are in needy circumstances.

How to apply

To apply for these charitable funds, please download the guidelines and application form here and return your completed form with a covering letter to Sarah Baxter (post or email).

The assessment process usually takes around three weeks. Please note that membership of the SoA is not a requirement.

Please contact Sarah Baxter with any queries on 020 7373 6642.

Charity numbers 327482/ 259845 / 212406