In order to facilitate the translation of French books into English, a few grants have been created to help publishers and translators. Depending on your country (India, United Kingdom or USA) you can find on this page a list of all the grants you can apply for and also what the Centre National du Livre (CNL) has to offer.

Find grants for:

  • – American Translators
  • – British Translators
  • – American Publishers
  • – British Publishers
  • – Canadian Publishers
  • – Indian Publishers

AMERICAN TRANSLATORS

CNL – Grants to Literary translators

French Ministry of Culture

Deadline: To be announced

Provides funding for translators wishing to stay in France in order to translate French works in the fields of literature or humanities. > More

PEN Translation Fund Grants

PEN American Center

Deadline: To be announced

Provides grants to support the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English or have appeared only in an egregiously flawed translation. > More

Residency for translators at la Villa Gillet

Lyon, France

Deadline: To be announced

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and La Villa Gillet in Lyon offer a residency program for translators. > More

BRITISH TRANSLATORS

CNL – Grants to Literary translators

French Ministry of Culture

Deadline: To be announced

Provides funding for translators wishing to stay in France in order to translate French works in the fields of literature or humanities. > More

Residency for Literary translators (Fiction and Non Fiction)

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deadline: To be announced

The Residency for Literary translators is a brand new programme launched jointly by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Villa Gillet in 2005. > More

AMERICAN PUBLISHERS

CNL Support for translation of French books into English

Ministry of Culture

Deadline: April 19, 2013

Designed to support translation of French books into other languages, it does not cover works in the public domain, scholastic books, practical manuals and handbooks, or periodicals. > More

French Voices Award

Deadline: August 30, 2013

The French Voices Award honors both translators and American publishers for English translations of works that have been published in France in the last 6 years. Awards recipients receive a $6,000 award. > More

Grants to American Publishers for the Acquisition of Rights

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Institut Français

Deadline: August 30, 2013

The Institut français helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works. The amount awarded varies from 500 to 7,000 Euros. > More

The Hemingway Grant Program

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Deadline: August 30, 2013

The Hemingway Grant allows publishers to receive financial help for the translation and publication of a French work into English. Grants awarded for each work range from $500 to $6,000. > More

BRITISH PUBLISHERS

Burgess Grants

Institut Français

Deadline: December 5, 2014

This programme gives direct funding to publishers to assist with translation costs via the Book Departement in London. > More

CNL Support for translation of French books into English

Ministry of Culture

Deadline: February 20, 2014

This grant programme is designed to support translation of French books into other languages. > More

Creative Europe programme

European Commission

Deadline: March 12, 2014

The EU’s new Creative Europe programme (formerly the ‘Culture 2007-2013’ programme) offers funding opportunities for the translation of European fiction. The maximum grant available is EUR 100 000, for the… > More

Funding for Translation

Arts Council England

Deadline: To be announced

Literary translation is eligible for funding under the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts programme. On the whole, priority is given to translation of fiction and poetry; non-fiction titles are also eligible if they are exceptional in terms of literary and stylistic innovation. > More

Writers in translation programme

PEN

Deadline: February 14, 2014

The English PEN Writers in Translation programme, supported by Bloomberg, promotes and supports literature in translation. > More

CANADIAN PUBLISHERS

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Translation Grant Program

French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs

Deadline: February 16, 2013

The grant program for English-speaking Canadian publishers aims to make original works from France, by authors from the 20th century to today, available to Canadian readers. > More

INDIAN PUBLISHERS

Tagore Publication Assistance Programme

French Embassy in India – Book Office / Institut français de Paris

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Publication Assistance Programme in India, called Tagore, is a support programme for Indian publishers who wish to publish a French book translated into English or into any Indian language. > More

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