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27 September 2020

Support for translating into English, Scots and Gaelic

Translation into English, Gaelic or Scots

Above are some examples of foreign-language books which have been translated into English, Gaelic or Scots and published in Scotland.


Creative Scotland: Open Project Funding

If a Scottish publisher is seeking funding to translate a book from another language into English (or Scots or Gaelic) they can apply for Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland.


Creative Europe

Usually there are annual deadlines (until 2020). The Literary Translation deadline has been extended to 28 May 2020 at 16.00 BST (17.00 CEST).

The EU's Creative Europe programme offers funding opportunities for the translation, production, and promotion of European works of fiction. The maximum grant available is €100,000, for the translation of 3 to 10 books.

Category 2: Framework partnership agreements. The deadlines for framework partnership agreements are less regular than category 1.

Please note that these dates are subject to change: check the Creative Europe website and sign up there for its update emails: Creative Europe Desk UK website.

For an update on Creative Europe after the outcome of the European Referendum, see the Creative Europe website.

Kate Deans, Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland, Culture Officer
Tel: +44 330 333 2000  Direct tel: +44 131 523 0072


Translation into English, Scots or Gaelic


EUNIC London (European Union National Institutes for Culture) is the network of the cultural institutes and embassies from the member states of the European Union in London. EUNIC prepared a publication for the (cancelled) London Book Fair 2020 that provides information on the different grants, schemes and organisations for most EU countries as well as relevant websites and contact details. See the European Writers website or you can download the grants document here (PDF).


Funding Organisations outside of the UK

List of language-based organisations that provide information, support and/or funding for publishers interested in translating and publishing books from that language into another language.

Armenian: Armenian Literature in Translation

Canadian support for translation other than French or English: Canada Council for the Arts

Catalan: Ramon Llull Institute 

Czech: Ministry of Culture Czech Republic

Danish: Danish Arts Council

Estonian: TRADUCTA funded by The Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Finnish: Finnish Literature Exchange

Flemish: Flemish Literature Fund

French: The French Institute UK

German: New Books in German

Hebrew: The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature

Hungarian: Hungarian Books and Translation Office

Icelandic: Icelandic Literature Fund

Irish: Irish Literature Exchange

Italian: Cultural Division of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Cultural Division of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers funding to publishers for the translation into English of an Italian literary or scientific work. The next deadline will be in spring 2017 and details will be posted here when available.

Japanese: Japan Foundation

Korean: Literature Translation Institute of Korea

Latvian: Latvian Literature Centre

Lithuanian: Books from Lithuania

The Lithuanian Culture Institute promotes Lithuanian literature and Lithuania's authors in the world. It runs the Translation promotion program and organises publishers' visits to Lithuania, especially during the Vilnius Book Fair, the biggest in the Baltics (held each February). The LCI has recently launched its new website - (more info in English coming soon). Lithuania will be the market focus (along with Estonia and Latvia) at the 2018 London Book Fair.

Norwegian: Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA)

Polish: The Poland Translation Programme (The Polish Book Institute)

Portugese: Directorate of Books and Libraries (DGLB, Portugal)

Slovak: Centre for Information on Slovak Literature

Slovenian: Trubar Foundation

Spanish: New Spanish Books

Swedish: Swedish Arts Council

Swiss books: Pro Helvetia

Turkish: TEDA Project

Welsh: Wales Literature Exchange


Other useful sources of information

British Centre for Literary Translation website: Britain's leading centre for the study and support of literary translation.

PEN Translates Award: This award will fund up to 75% of translation costs for selected projects. When a publisher's annual turnover is less than £100,000 it will consider supporting up to 100% of translation costs.