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Grants for writers and researchers – The Q Fund

The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945. (Charity No. 306599).

Grants of between £50 to £500 are awarded for local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants may be used to support travelling, obtaining transcripts or other expenses in conducting research, or to contribute to production costs, including editing, design and printing. The Committee is keen to promote diversity, excellence and creativity in Cornish literature and humanities.

Cornwall Council is the Trustee and holds the Trust Fund on behalf of a small Committee which is the award-making body.


How to apply for a Q Fund Grant

You can apply to the fund at any time. The Committee meets in December and May each year and your application will be submitted to the next available meeting. Your application needs to contain the following three items:

Your contact details
A full written submission
An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Your contact details – please remember to include:

Title, Forename(s), Surname
Post Code
E-mail Address
Telephone Number

Full Written Submission – please include the following:

Topic of your study/research and, if decided, its title.
Research plan: what sources have you used, and what are you expecting to use? Give an indication of the work you have completed and what still remains to be done.
Any contacts you have made with others who are undertaking or have undertaken similar areas of research.
Anticipated completion date, and outcome (e.g. article or book for publication).
Estimated costs of your research/study (e.g. travelling, photocopying etc.).
The amount you are applying for
Whether you have applied for/received other grants (this will not necessarily influence the Trustees’ decision).
Are you a student and, if so, full or part time?
Whether you have previously applied for a ‘Q’ Fund Grant.
Where you found out about the ‘Q’ Fund. An extract or summary of work already undertaken

Extract or Summary

Please include a brief extract of your work and/or include a summary of the progress that you have made with your project to date.

Please send your application to:

The Secretary,
The Q Fund,
Cornwall Council,
5th Floor, Zone A,
Pydar House,
Truro, Cornwall TR1 1XU

Or email: creativeservices@cornwall.gov.uk (please put ‘Q’ in the subject line)