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Inspiring Communities Fund

Literature connects us to each other at a time of increasing division and global insecurity. The stories we read, hear, and tell each other help us to explore the complexities of our lives and make sense of the world. Now more than ever we need the power of literature in our lives.

Literature Wales’ Inspiring Communities Fund funding scheme (formerly Writers on Tour) is a unique funding scheme for literature events. It was originally set up by the Arts Council of Wales over thirty years ago. The scheme offers financial support of up to 50% of the fees paid to writers for events including talks, lectures, creative writing workshops and more. These events can take place anywhere in Wales, in community halls, pubs, libraries, schools, youth clubs – and even on virtual platforms for groups who are meeting online.

Literature Wales want to enable more people in Wales to discover the joys of actively participating in literature. We believe that literature, in its great variety, has the power to connect communities and bring comfort, inspiration and hope to those who need it most.

The Inspiring Communities Fund is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Wales.

The Inspiring Communities Fund application process is simple, straightforward and quick. Examples of activities funding is available to assist with include:

    • One-off visits, or a series of visits, by writers to schools, libraries, pubs, clubs, societies, community centres and other venues throughout Wales to inspire audiences through readings, workshops and discussions; 
    • Venue or festival programming which is innovative, new and exciting. Examples include programmes of literary activity at small festivals or literary tours;
    • Literary provision in community and health settings to improve the health and well-being of the participants taking part.

Please note: funding offers are only made to organisations; individuals cannot apply.

 

Please read through the Funding for Events section of the website carefully before making an application, starting with Application Process & Deadlines.