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.

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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 ranging from 'Albert Reuss in Mousehole - the Artist as Refugee' to 'A History of Guise Dancing' and 'Aunt Branwell and the Bronte Legacy'.

The Q Fund has a limited number of Great Western Railways (GWR) travel vouchers available to support researching/creating literary projects with a Cornish connection.  The deadline for this scheme has now passed and we will be in touch with applicants shortly to let them know the outcome.

The Fund is open for applications which will be considered at its Committee meeting in December 2019. Please get in touch if you are thinking of applying and download the application form

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

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

The Q Fund undertook this exciting project in 2017.  Working with writer Polly Gregson 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.