Edinburgh City of Literature Trust launch new Community Fund

Alice Carr
Comms Officer
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

22 July 2022

Get support and funding for reading and writing projects in your community

The Edinburgh City of Literature Community Fund is for small groups and community organisations who need our time, support and grants of up to £500 to help them run reading and writing projects which will boost their local community. It’s important to us to create a vibrant literary community in Edinburgh.

What Can I Apply For?

The Community Fund will support projects which are well defined, budgeted, and will make a real difference to your community. Your project must be related to books, words or stories. We will prioritise supporting ideas which seem achievable and are led by motivated groups and collectives.

We would especially love to hear from you if your project is related to minority languages, and getting more people involved in reading and writing. We’re keen to support ideas which benefit minority communities, including BAME communities, people with disabilities, faith communities, older people, and LGBTQ+ people.

For example, if you run a non-anglophone book group and want to order books, you could apply to the Community Fund for help sourcing the books.

If you’re a school librarian and you’d like to buy a set of graphic novels your students have requested, you can apply for funding to help with that.

If you would like the Edinburgh Tool Library to build a Little Free Library for your street, park or community garden, we could help you with that project.

At Edinburgh City of Literature we hope to build relationships with you and your group over the long term, and look forward to developing close working relationships through the fund.

Things We Can’t Fund

We won’t fund projects which only benefit individuals, such as self-publishing a book or creating an author website. We won’t support commercial activity, such as selling books or author tours.

How Do I Apply?

To apply for the Communities Fund, please fill in the six questions in this short application form.

Applications will first be assessed by the City of Literature team to make sure they meet the criteria for the fund. All applications which do meet the criteria will then be assessed by an independent panel. We’ll let you know via email about the outcome of your application.

Applications will be open each quarter, with £1000 in funding available in each round to be awarded to 2-3 groups in amounts of up to £500. Any funding awarded must be spent by the end of the financial year, March 2023. The dates for the current round are as follows:

Applications open: 22nd July 2022
Applications close: 19th August 2022
Applicants notified: 26th August 2022

If you have any questions about the fund and whether your project is eligible, you can email edinburgh@cityofliterature.com. There will also be an online open meeting where you can put any questions you have to City of Literature staff on Monday 8th August from 4-6pm. Get in touch at edinburgh@cityofliterature.com to join the webinar.

The City of Literature Trust gratefully acknowledge and thank the City of Edinburgh Council for supporting this fund.

All awards will be made at the discretion of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and all decisions are final.