Publishing grants are funded by the Welsh Government and administered by the Books Council of Wales.
Publishers are required to submit an application for support and all applications are considered by a Publishing Development Sub-committee (Welsh-language) which is independent of the Books Council.
The list below sets out the different grants which are available for Welsh-language publishing.
For further information about the guidelines and conditions, please email the Welsh-language Publishing Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our ‘How to Apply’ page.
Individual Book Grants
Grants to the main publishers to help produce books which may be limited in their appeal, including both fiction and non-fiction, and literary works, for adults and children. Smaller publishers may also use this grant to publish more popular books.
Block grants, available to the main publishers, applied for every four years, to support varied, popular publishing programmes consisting of at least 8 titles (for children or adults). A publisher must have a robust administration and a significant amount of experience and have published books under the Individual Book Grants Scheme before being able to apply to become a Programme Grant Publisher. The next call for the 2029–33 period will take place during 2026–27.
Payments for Authors
Publishers apply for these grants to enable them to offer competitive commissions and payments to authors for works of wide appeal, for adults and children. Authors should discuss their ideas with the publishers.
Payments for Illustrators and Photographers
Publishers apply for these grants to enable them to offer commissions and competitive payments to illustrators, designers and photographers to create original work for illustrated books for adults and children. Artists should discuss their ideas with the publishers.
Grants for established publishers towards the cost of employing creative editors.
Grants for publishers to support marketing activity and increase the sales of books that are in receipt of publishing grants.
These grants are awarded every four years. The objective of the scheme is to ensure that varied and lively Welsh-language magazines are published for children, young people and adults, containing good writing and, where appropriate, quality journalism, reviews and discussion on a variety of topics. The next round of grants will be awarded in October 2026 for the 2027–31 provision.
This grant is awarded every four years to support a digital Welsh-language news service. One service, Golwg360, has already been funded to provide a service up to March 2026. There is an opportunity currently to compete for a second service, which will run between 2023 and 2026. (See Tenders)