Book Week Scotland 2018: Young Programmers Fund

Are you aged between 18-26 and interested in programming an event for Book Week Scotland?

The seventh annual Book Week Scotland - Scotland’s national celebration of books and reading - will take place from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 November 2018 and we are delighted to offer funding and support for young people to programme events.

The offer:

  • Support to create a unique literary event for young adults
  • £500 to use to put on a Book Week Scotland event
  • Opportunities to meet with other young programmers and hear from people working in the sector
  • Support and guidance from Scottish Book Trust
  • Opportunities to get involved with the promotion of BWS in press and social media

What you need to apply:

  • One young person, aged between 18 and 26, who is passionate about books and reading and wants to share that with their peers
  • One supporting organisation - this could be an employer, a community group you are part of, your local library, your college or university etc.
  • One member of staff from your organisation who is prepared to provide you with regular support and guidance

What you need to do:
The online application is in two parts. The first part is to be filled in by the prospective programmer and the second part is to be filled in by the organisation.

How you can use the funding:

  • Events can take place anywhere in Scotland, it can either be open to the public or for a specific group, but it should be designed with young adults in mind
  • Events can feature authors, storytellers, illustrators and writers or be an event without an author
  • Event support will be allocated at £500 for 1 event or activity. This can be used to cover: an author fee of at least £175/event, travel expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation, food), event expenses (e.g. venue, hire, catering, prizes, books to give away etc)
  • Events may charge an admission fee, provided the money raised goes towards covering event expenses.

If you are interested in applying for the Young Programmers Fund and receiving support to put on an event during Book Week Scotland please read the full guidelines on our website and complete the online application form:

For further information, please contact or visit

The deadline is Friday 04 May 2018 at 17:00.

Posted by Editor on 16 April 2018 at 07:22

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