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Other Funding Bodies

Literature Wales

Literature Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting literature. It is made up of Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy, the Society for Writers of Wales, and Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre.

Literature Wales’ many projects and activities include Wales Book of the Year, the National Poet of Wales, Writers on Tour funding scheme, writing courses at Tŷ Newydd, Translators’ House Wales, the BayLit and Tŷ Newydd festivals and Young People’s Writing Squads. It also has fieldworkers working specifically to develop literature activity in the south Wales valleys and north Wales.

The services offered by Literature Wales for writers include mentoring, writers’ bursaries, information and advice and independent manuscript assessment.


Literature Wales runs funding schemes for Wales Book of the Year prizes, literary competitions and a one-year professional development programme for first-time novelists.

The deadlines for the submission of copies of eligible books for the 2012 award are the 16 December 2011 (for titles published between January and November 2011), and the 18 January 2012 (for titles published in December 2011).

Literature Wales runs a range of literary competitions, including the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the Rhys Davies Short Story Competition and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry.

Apprenticeships in Fiction 2011, is a one-year professional development programme for first-time novelists.


Artsadmin, offer a range of artistic and professional development projects; some for artists who have an emerging or well-developed practice and others for young people looking to get involved for the first time.

  • Free one to one advice sessions for artists
  • Free participatory and education projects for 16 - 25 year-olds
  • Monthly Weekender labs with Internationally renowned artists
  • Youth led programming delivered by their Youth Board
  • An Artists' Bursary Scheme open to application every 18 months
  • Interference – a participatory exploration of art activism and education


Telephone: 020 7247 5182

British Council

The British Council is not a funding body. Their global arts team works with the best of British creative talent to develop innovative, high-quality events and collaborations that link thousands of artists and cultural institutions around the world, drawing them into a closer relationship with the UK.


The Short Film Submission Scheme enables UK short film-makers to show their films at international festivals. To be eligible, films need to be less than 45 minutes long, less than a year old and have a UK-based director or producer. There are no deadlines. Once your film has been received, you should then expect to wait around 12 to 14 weeks before the panel (which is comprised of the British Council film advisors) views your film.

Telephone: 020 7389 3194

Crafts Council

Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK


Spark Plug is an annual award scheme that supports craft curators and professionals in the UK. The awards help curators to develop innovative exhibition Concepts over the course of a year. This programme is currently being evaluated.

Crafts Council Collective is a programme of CPD provision for makers. It comprises five programmes of support for makers: Craft Rally, Hothouse, Portfolio, Injection and Artistic Licence. It was launched in 2009. In 2010 they launched and piloted three of the programme strands. Portfolio, Injection and Artistic Licence are yet to be launched.


Telephone: 0207 806 2500

E-on Source Fund

E-on are one of the UK’s leading integrated power and gas companies – generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas and are part of the E.ON group, the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company.


The Sustainable Energy Fund is currently closed while it undergoes a rigorous process to evaluate the impact of the fund on charities, community groups and E-on Energy’s business. As soon as this is completed the page on the website will be updated, with the next steps, including the funding criteria and how to apply. You can register your interest in the fund via the website.


European Commission Culture Programme 2007-2013

One of the EU’s flagship initiatives, the Culture programme, is now well-established. In its present form, it runs from 2007 to 2013 with a total budget for the period of around €400 million. It covers all non-audiovisual cultural activities.


The specific objectives of the current Culture programme are to:

  • promote the awareness and the preservation of cultural items of European significance;
  • promote the transnational mobility of those working in the cultural sector;
  • encourage the transnational circulation of works and cultural and artistic products;
  • stimulate intercultural dialogue.

This call aims to support (deadlines in brackets):

  • Pilot project for the development of knowledge partnerships (30.6.11)
  • Action 3.2- Youth in the world’: Cooperation with countries other than the neighbouring countries of the European Union (9.2011)


European Cultural Foundation


The ECF acts as a catalyst for change through arts and culture in Europe. Their aim is to inspire, engage and empower.

They champion and transmit cultural exchange and new forms of artistic expression. They share and connect knowledge across the European cultural sector, and campaign for the arts on all levels of political decision-making.

ECF is now embarking on a search for Narratives for Europe – seeking people and communities who are building stories and visions which shape Europe of today and tomorrow. This will be ECF’s primary theme for the coming three years in all the work they do.


ECF has three different grant schemes: Collaboration Grants, Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) Grants and STEP Beyond Travel Grants. For more detailed information, please visit the website.

ECF no longer operates the Artistic Grant scheme

Telephone: 020 573 3868

Film Agency for Wales

Established in 2006 and formerly known as the Film Agency for Wales, Ffilm Cymru Wales have a remit to help to develop a film sector in Wales and maximise the economic, educational and cultural benefits of film. Ffilm Cymru Wales supports Welsh or Wales-based writers, directors and producers with development and production funding, industry assistance and mentoring opportunities. We aim to bring film makers and audiences together by encouraging more people to see more films in more venues. We also promote the use of film in education and community regeneration, producing educational resources in conjunction with teachers to aid literacy and general learning.

Pauline Burt (Chief Executive) -
Thomas (Head of Creative Sector Development) -
Thomas (Head of Education, Exhibition & Regeneration) -
Reed (Finance Manager) -

Ffilm Cymru Wales' address is:

S4C Media Centre
Parc Ty Glas
CF14 5DU
02920 766931

First Light Movies

First Light Movies funds and inspires film projects with five to 19-year-olds throughout the UK. Since launching in 2001, they have enabled over 40,000 budding creative professionals to write, act, shoot, light, direct and produce over 1000 films and media projects. First Light Movies films cover a diverse range of topics and genres, and make use of accessible digital film technology.


First Light Movies has four main funding strands available:

  • Media Box (funding round now closed)
  • Young Film Fund (maximum of 80 applications for 2011/12)
  • Pilot Grant (funding for one short film of up to 5 mins in duration; maximum grant of £5,000 ; 20% match funding requirement)
  • Studio Grant (funding for between two and four films of up to 10 mins in duration; maximum grant of £30,000; 20% match funding requirement)

Pilot Grants and Studio Grants are open for applications from 2 pm on 3 May 2011; 16 August and 22 November 2011. Deadline for applications is 14 June 2011; 27 September 2011 and 10 January 2012.Notes

Telephone: 0121 224 7511

Visiting Arts

Visiting Arts' purpose is to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts.


Artist to Artist provides an opportunity to bring together pairs of artists to initiate dialogues across international borders. The structure of the programme is tailored by the artists themselves and places emphasis firmly on research and the exchange of ideas rather than production. Literature lab provides residencies for writers, critics and theorists, in partnership with organisations in the Middle East and North Africa. The residencies provide the opportunity for creative writers to work together and build relationships, taking language, heritage and practice as themes for exploration.

Telephone: 020 3463 4560

Wales Arts International

Wales Arts International is a partnership between Arts Council of Wales and British Council.

They facilitate international work in the arts through collaborations, projects, networks and communication. They provide advice and support to artists and arts organisations from Wales who work on an international level and are also a contact point for international artists and arts organisations working in Wales.


Wales Arts International’s open application fund for international activity is called the International Opportunities Fund. The scheme is competitive and there are ten deadlines throughout the year.

Telephone: 029 2044 1320

Welsh Books Council

The Welsh Books Council is a national body, funded by the Welsh Government, which provides a focus for the publishing industry in Wales. It provides a number of specialist services (in the fields of editing, design, marketing and distribution) with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English. It also distributes grants to publishers. The Books Council actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales.


A number of schemes for both English and Welsh publishing can be viewed on their website.

Telephone: 01970 624151

Welsh Literature Exchange

Wales Literature Exchange works to facilitate the translation of Wales' literature. Translation grants are available to publishers. They participate in international book fairs, and work with translators, publishers and festivals abroad to promote the literature and writers of Wales internationally.


Translation grants for publishers: translation grants are open to foreign publishers for the translation of Wales' two literatures (Welsh and English language literature).

In the case of translations of Welsh-language literature into English, publishers in the UK can also apply.

There are four closing dates: 1st of March, 1st of June, 1st of September, 1st of December.

Publishers can also apply for the cost of commissioning sample translations, see website for further information.

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