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The Q Fund


The Sir Arthur Quiller Couch Memorial Fund was set up as a charitable trust in 1945.

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Grants of between £50 to £500 are awarded for local research work in literary or allied subjects. Grants may be used to:

  • support travelling
  • obtain transcripts
  • support other expenses in conducting research

Alternatively, they may be used to contribute to production costs, including:

  • editing
  • design
  • 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. Recent grants have supported projects with a wide range of subject matter. These range from 'Albert Reuss in Mousehole - the Artist as Refugee' to 'A History of Guise Dancing' and 'Aunt Branwell and the Bronte Legacy'.

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There is also a wealth of information on the Arthur Quiller Couch website.

The Committee usually awards grants twice a year in May and November. The Fund is open for applications and the next deadline is 2nd November 2020. It's easy to apply, download the application formPlease apply via email as we are currently unable to accept applications sent by post.

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

The Q Fund undertook this exciting project in 2017. We worked with writer Polly Gregson. Together, we researched the creative relationship between Q (Sir Arthur Quiller Couch) and Daphne du Maurier. Our starting point was the novel Castle Dor which they co-authored. What did we uncover? Read Polly Gregson's essay about her findings. Polly shared her findings at festivals in Cornwall throughout 2017. Find out more details about the project.