Helping You Do More

Seeking funding for time to write?

Want help with an Arts Council England Project Grant or DYCP application?

I can help you take the next step with confidence.

Time for you to write

You are a writer. You might be a brilliant fundraiser, publicist, and have a contact book crammed with people to ask for help when you need it. But you shouldn’t have to have these skills in order to make a success of your writing.

That is where I come in.

I have worked across all areas of the book and literature industry, and can help guide you through it with confidence.

Sam is great to work with. His comprehensive understanding of grant application processes and procedures inspires confidence. His intelligence, combined with his practical knowledge of how Arts Practitioners’ minds work, means that he can quickly grasp and translate into a well phrased application the plans and projects of his clients. And his generosity, patience and good humour are a joy to encounter in the competitive world of Arts Funding.

Michael Mackmin, The Rialto

Advice For You

You’re ACE

Applying to Arts Council England can help you buy that time to really commit to finishing your book. But it can also be difficult to know what you can apply for.

I have supported and advised many writers through successful Arts Council applications, including two applications for Sarah Perry to complete bestselling novel The Essex Serpent.


I have also secured funding for writers from a range of other sources. I can:

  • Advise on the best pots of funding for you.
  • Advise on completing an Arts Council application.
  • Read draft application and advise you on improving it.

If you’re thinking of, or struggling with, ACE funding – what to apply for and, more importantly HOW – I can’t recommend Sam highly enough. I’ve been amazed by the work he’s done with me – his all-encompassing experience and sensitivity to how writers work (on all levels) means a quick and thorough insight into what’s needed and how best to present it. And he’s a total joy to work with, too!

Jenny Knight


‘I credit Sam’s three-page email outlining my application’s strengths – and specific suggestions on how to address the weaknesses – as the single most important reason I was awarded funding. Sam is generous with his time, and brings to the table extensive experience and an unusual insight into the application process.’

Sandra Jensen, author and winner of 2019 Bridport Prize

‘The world of publishing can be daunting for a new author, but Sam provided me with essential and valuable information which has made those first few steps as comfortable as possible for me. Sam is 100% professional and equally as kind, patient, and friendly.’

Daniel Saunders, graphic novelist

‘Sam gave us really useful advice for improving our funding application, alongside helping us make sense of the budgeting section, which was our particular headache. He also introduced us to others who have become key contacts for us. He’s brilliant to work with and always happy to help.’

Nikki Dudley, Streetcake Magazine

‘A brilliant and insightful session. You’ve helped to tame the mysterious beast of funding and turned it into an aimable pussy cat.’

Natalie Persoglio


Everything I offer can be personalised to your requirements.

Contact me today for a bespoke quote or to discuss your needs.