Find out how to get funding for future events
Deadlines for 2014/2015
1 January - 30 April 2015 inclusive:
Applications for this funding period are now closed. We are processing applications for this funding period. If you have not received a receipt for your application, please let us know as soon as possible.
After April 2015:
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.
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:
- Community groups
- Arts organisations
- Local festivals
- Writers/Readers Groups
- 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 session
- Organisations cannot apply for sessions featuring authors who are in a leading role within the organisation e.g. director, chair, board level. In exceptional circumstances, contact Scottish Book Trust in advance to discuss this further
- 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 much does it cost?
Live Literature Funding is a part-funding scheme.
- Authors listed on our database are paid a fee of £150 and reimbursed their expenses when they carry out these events.
- Scottish Book Trust will invoice you for half this fee after the event has taken place. This will cost you £75 per session, £90 including VAT (some organisations can reclaim VAT).
- Scottish Book Trust covers travel and accommodation.
For more information about how we pay authors for Live Literature events, email email@example.com.
How to apply
Applications for funding for events from 1 January - 30 April 2015 are now closed. If you have not received a receipt for your application, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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 email@example.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)