The Welsh Books Council administers publishing grants for a wide range of Welsh-language publications. Leisure publications in Welsh in the past were funded from the Publishing Grant, administered by the Books Council from 1981 onwards. This source of funding was greatly augmented in the period 2002-05, primarily to support payments for authors, fund appointments in publishing houses, assist booksellers and develop marketing. Since 2003, the Books Council has also been responsible for schemes formerly administered by the Arts Council of Wales through the Literature Grant in support of literary publishing in Wales. In April 2006 onwards these two streams of funding were unified into a single Welsh-language Publishing Grant.
Funding for all of these schemes is provided by Welsh Assembly Government.
What is eligible for support?
The Welsh Books Council offers grants in support of a wide range of books and magazines, for adults and children, including leisure material and literary titles. It does not subsidise textbooks or similar educational materials. (See the note on DfES below.) Funding is also available towards commissioning authors, illustrators, photographers and designers; employment of creative editors; production of electronic material and games; and marketing initiatives. See the Summary of Grants Available for Publishing in Welsh.
Who may apply for a grant?
In general, only publishers in Wales are eligible to receive funding. They must have established lists or sound plans for establishing a relevant programme, and the ability to sell their output throughout Wales and beyond. Authors may not apply directly for Welsh Books Council grants. See Information for Authors.
The Welsh Books Council also administers grant schemes for booksellers. See Information for Booksellers.
How does the application procedure work?
Grants are awarded up to three times a year, in March, June and November, by the Welsh-language Publishing Grants Panel. Deadlines for applications are announced in advance. Grants are not usually awarded more than two years in advance of the planned publication date. For further information, see individual scheme guidelines.
Does the Welsh Books Council offer loans or grants in support of profitable projects?
In general, publishing grants are made towards expected deficits. The Welsh Books Council does not offer loans.
Is the Welsh Books Council the only source of funding for publishers?
The Welsh Books Council is the main source of funding for both general and literary publications in Welsh. Other funding organisations to which publishers may make application are:
Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS)
This is the body which is responsible for commissioning Welsh-language and bilingual educational material for the National Curriculum.
Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
This body has a publishing programme aimed at schools and colleges.
Arts Council of Wales
ACW offers grants for training, international exchange (through its agency, Wales Arts International), cross-artform activity, participatory projects, cultural diversity and some other areas, but not for production costs associated with publishing.
Grants and other support are also available for small businesses generally. See How can I become a publisher? below.
Does the Welsh Books Council offer support to publishers other than through its grant schemes?
All publishers in Wales may make use of the Welsh Books Council’s editing, marketing, design, wholesaling and distribution services. Click here for full details.
How can I become a publisher of Welsh Language books?
Details on how to start as a programme publisher can be found in the Council’s guidelines and conditions for Programme Grants. As well as that, The Publishers’ Association and the Independent Publishers Guild offer information (much of it free of charge) and services to those who wish to establish and develop their business or to pursue a career in the publishing trade. Cultural Enterprise offers business advice to cultural and artistic groups and companies in Wales. Information about grants, training and other forms of support for small businesses is available at www.businessconnect.org.uk
Cwlwm Cyhoeddwyr Cymru is the membership association for publishers of Welsh-language books.