Literature Ireland

Translation Grant Programme

Literature Ireland's translation grant programme allows international publishers to apply for a contribution towards the cost of the translator of a work of Irish literature* from English or Irish into another language.

2020 Translation Grant Application Deadlines: 
Friday, 6 March  /  Friday, 24 July  /  Friday, 27 November 

Publishers must apply before the translation is due to be published.** Applications must be submitted in hard copy by post by the deadline. Applications that arrive more than one week after the deadline may not be accepted.

Applications should be submitted by post to: Literature Ireland, Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, 36 Fenian Street, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin D02 CH22, Ireland. The deadline is the date by which the application should be received. Applications for works that are due to be published or printed before the meeting of the board of Literature Ireland will be deemed ineligible.

Translation Grant Application Checklist

The checklist document provides a list of all information and documentation required (page 1) and some further information on the grant application process (page 2). 

Download the checklist here

Further Information

  • All applicants must submit a sample of the translation to Literature Ireland, which is then assessed by an independent expert. The expert will prepare a report that is made available, with the original application details, to Literature Ireland's board of directors for consideration. It is recommended that publishers submit a final or near-final draft of the translation sample for consideration.
  • Applications are judged on a competitive basis.
  • All applicants can expect to learn the outcome of their applications by email within 10 days of the board meeting.
  • Successful applicants will be sent a formal letter of award and contracts will be posted within six weeks of the board meeting.
  • Publishers awarded a grant must submit the following items to Literature Ireland in order to receive payment of the translation grant:
  • A draft of the copyright page/colophon of the book containing written acknowledgment of Literature Ireland's financial support and a copy of the Literature Irelnad logo. This draft page must be submitted to Literature Ireland for approval before the book goes to print.
  • Proof of payment to the translator(s), e.g. a copy of the electronic transfer confirmation.
  • Eight copies of the published work.
  • Literature Ireland will normally only award a maximum of three translation grants per annum to a given publisher. Publishers may only apply for grants for five works by the same author in the same genre.

Once all required information and documentation has been received, the translation grant is payable within a period of three to six months.

Should you have any questions in relation to the application process, please email Rita McCann ( or Andrew Deering ( or phone us on 00353 (0)1 896 4184.

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

** Translations for which funding is being sought must not be published before the deadline for application or before the meeting of the board of Literature Ireland at which applications will be considered. These meetings typically take place six to eight weeks after the deadline. 

*** Please note that the board meetings at which applications submitted by these deadlines will take place in May, September and December respectively. Applications submitted to these rounds for works which will be published before the meeting of the board will be deemed ineligible.