SoA and Creative Scotland to distribute £600k in hardship grants

SoA and Creative Scotland to distribute £600k in hardship grants

Creative Scotland has partnered with the Society of Authors to distribute £600,000 in financial grants, in bursaries of up £2,000 each, among authors and other creative practitioners in the literary field based in Scotland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.

The grants are part of Creative Scotland's £5m package to support creative freelances in all fields. They are to be provided to authors of all types, as well as to illustrators, book designers, translators, literary reviewers, storytellers and comics in Scotland, whose incomes have suffered owing to the health crisis. 

Full details of the application process can be found of Creative Scotland's website. Once registered on the Creative Scotland application portal, applications can then be made via the SoA's Authors' Contingency Fund page. There are no deadlines for the programme; however, Creative Scotland noted, it will only remain open while a budget remains available and it is encouraging applicants to apply as soon as possible. It aims to put funds in eligible recipients' accounts within six weeks.

"This funding will be invaluable to the many Scottish authors and other creative practitioners in the literary field who are resident in Scotland," commented Nicola Solomon, SoA chief executive, commenting on the Hardship Fund for Creative Freelances.

"This doesn’t just cover authors but a wide range of others including illustrators, translators, stand up comics and book designers who have fallen between the gaps in financial support during the health crisis. The grants we will now be able to distribute through the Authors’ Contingency Fund will enable some people to keep working in spite of financial losses, others to stay afloat while dealing with their own ill health, others to fulfil caring responsibilities – and others simply to keep a roof over their heads. We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for Scottish creators."

Authors who have already received a grant from the Authors' Contingency Fund this year may still be eligible. Those interested or who have queries should contact the SoA grants team at grants@societyofauthors.org.