How to apply for funding for future events

Deadlines for 2015

Funding events from 1 May-31 December 2015 (inclusive)
The deadline for applications was 5pm, Wednesday 18 February 2015. If you applied for funding at this deadline, we will be in touch with the results of your funding application as soon as possible.  

Deadlines for 2016

Funding for events from 1 January 2016 - deadline to be confirmed. Sign up to our updates to be notified of the deadline.

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. 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.


How much does it cost?

Live Literature Funding is a part-funding scheme.

Scottish Book Trust pays authors listed on our database a fee of £150 for each Live Literature Funded event they carry out. Scottish Book Trust covers their travel and accommodation.

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).

For more information about how we pay authors for Live Literature events, email


How to apply

  • We are currently not accepting applications. To hear about the latest deadlines, please sign up for our e-updates
  • When applications are open, you can apply for funding through a simple application process. 
  • There are no funding streams or priorities. We consider all applications.
  • You can apply for as many sessions as you think you can use and your budget can support. You can also apply for one single session. A session is approximately one hour long.
  • If your application for funding is successful, you can decide who you want to work with by using the Live Literature author database. Only authors on the database are eligible to carry out Live Literature Funded events.
  • You cannot apply for sessions featuring authors who are in a leading role within your organisation e.g. director, chair, board level. In exceptional circumstances, contact Scottish Book Trust before booking the author to discuss this further. 
  • Authors cannot apply for sessions on your behalf.
  • As the scheme is highly oversubscribed, we primarily support well-planned applications where the events or project fit within wider activity and has clear benefits.
  • You should consider how to evaluate the success of your project.


How are Live Literature Funding decisions made?

Scottish Book Trust funds a set number of sessions every year. We calculate this by using 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, we assess all applications at a two-day panel meeting. The panel may include representatives from Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.

We will let you know whether your application has been successful or unsuccessful within one month of the deadline.


What are the panel looking for in your application?

Imagination - We like to fund interesting, imaginative sessions which show a commitment to the promotion and enjoyment of reading and writing.
Your local authority area - We aim to fund events and projects that 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 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 - 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).

For further guidance in making your application, download the application pack below.


Get in touch

If you have any further questions about Live Literature Funding, or the author database, please get in touch with:
Kay Bohan, Writer Development and Live Literature Funding Administrator, 0131 524 0160