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 is a unique funding scheme for literature events. The scheme offers financial support of up to 50% of the fees and expenses paid to writers for literary events including talks, lectures, creative writing workshops and more. These events can take place anywhere in Wales, in community halls, libraries, pubs, schools, youth clubs, – and also on virtual platforms for groups who are meeting online.  

Literature Wales wants 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 and in 2022-23 we distributed £22,190, with an average support level of £183 per application. Through the Inspiring Communities Fund, we work with individuals and communities across the length and breadth of Wales, including writers, creative readers, audiences, and participants; schools, children and young people; communities and grassroots groups.  

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, creative writing 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 following sections of the website carefully, before making an application: How to Apply, Advice for Event Organisers, and Eligibility.  

Applications must be made in writing using the new application forms. There are two application forms:  

  • Form for events for adults and the general public. 
  • Form for events specifically aimed at children and young people. 

The application forms can be found in the Apply Now section of the website.