The Translation Grant Programme

ILE's translation grants are available to international publishers who are seeking support for translations of Irish literature* and to Irish publishers for translations of foreign literature into English or Irish. ILE offers a substantial contribution towards the translator's fees.

Publishers must apply at least three months before the translation is due to be published. ILE's board of directors meets three times a year to consider applications.

The first deadline for application in 2015 is Friday, 20 March.

Prepare your application using the translation grant application checklist:

Download the Word version [2015]

Download the PDF version [2015]

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED, IN HARD COPY, BY POST ONLY. Please contact us in advance if you anticipate problems doing this. 

All applicants must submit a sample of the translation to ILE, which is then assessed by an independent expert. Our expert will prepare a report that is submitted, with your original application, to ILE's board of directors for consideration.

Successful applicants will be sent a formal letter of award, and contracts will be posted within ten days of the board meeting.

Publishers awarded a grant must submit the following items to ILE in order to receive payment of the translation grant:

  • A draft of the copyright page of the book containing an acknowledgment of ILE's financial support (this must be submitted to ILE for approval before the book goes to print)
  • Proof of payment to the translator(s) in the form of a statement of the fee received, signed by both the translator(s) and a representative of the publishing house.
  • Six copies of the published work.

Please note: ILE will normally only award a maximum of three translation grants per annum to a given publisher. 

Should you have any questions in relation to the application process, please email us at ritaATirelandliteratureDOTcom or phone us on 00353 (0)1 604 0028/29.


 *Eligible genres: literary fiction, literary non-fiction, children's literature, poetry and drama.

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