We are open for funding applications

Deadlines for 2014/2015

Please make sure your application reaches us by Tuesday 30 September 2014 for events taking place between 1 January and 30 April 2015 (phase 2, 2014/15).

Please note that there is a change to the previously advertised dates between which funding can be used. For sessions taking place after 30 April 2015, please apply at the next deadline. Join our Schools and Reading mailing lists here to be notified of the next deadline. If you have any questions about how LLF works or your application email kay.bohan@scottishbooktrust.com


Who can apply?

Support is available to individuals and not-for profit organisations in every part of Scotland to host events or projects with authors. These include:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Community groups
  • Arts organisations
  • Local festivals
  • Writers/Readers Groups
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Organisations that work with adults and/or children with disabilities

Please be aware that due to extreme pressure on funds we do not give priority to applications from independent schools. 



  • Applications are accepted through a simple application process
  • Organisations that are successful in gaining support decide who they want to work with by using the Live Literature author database. Only those on the register are eligible to carry out Live Literature sessions
  • Applicants may not apply for sessions featuring authors who have a leading role within the applicant organisation
  • There are no funding streams or priorities. All applications will be considered
  • Organisations apply for sessions (approximately one hour per session) and applications are accepted for one or several sessions
  • As the scheme is highly oversubscribed, Scottish Book Trust primarily supports well-planned applications where the events or project fits within wider activity and has clear benefits
  • Applicants should also consider how to evaluate the success of their project


How to apply?

  • Applications are open for events taking place between 1 January and 30 April 2015 (phase 2). Please download the application form at the bottom of this page. There is guidance available to download on writing your application at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions, please email kay.bohan@scottishbooktrust.com.


How funding decisions are made:

Scottish Book Trust funds a set number of sessions every year. This is calculated on the average cost of a session during the previous year, and the total funding granted to Scottish Book Trust by Creative Scotland.

After the deadline has passed, all applications are assessed at a two-day panel meeting which comprises representatives of Scottish Book Trust and a representative of Creative Scotland.

You will receive notification of whether your application has been successful or unsuccessful within one month of the deadline.


When the panel assesses applications they will take into account:

  • Imagination  - We like to fund interesting, imaginative sessions which show a commitment to the promotion of readership and writing
  • Your local authority area - We aim to fund events and projects which reach as wide a range of people as possible and funding is spread throughout every local authority in Scotland
  • Clear outcomes - We want to fund sessions which 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 - Decisions are not affected by whether or not you have received funding in the past. However, we will consider whether you have used sessions well in the past and provided us with evidence of this (completed evaluation forms and suchlike). Equally we will take on board any past misuse of funding (unused sessions without good cause, delays in payment)
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