The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional published authors in financial difficulties. It supported more than 200 authors in 2013. It is funded by bequests and donations and run by a committee of novelists, biographers, poets, publishers, lawyers and agents.
Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence, James Joyce and Ivy Compton-Burnett are among the writers it has helped.
The fund was able to broaden its reach when it sold its share of merchandising rights in the work of AA Milne to Disney in 2001. This included expanding its Fellowship scheme in British universities. The fellowship scheme, set up in 1999, has 86 Fellows in 64 UK universities. The universities of Sussex and Chichester both have RLF Fellows.
Its showcase pages feature writers interviewed about their work and interests, as well as exploring literary topics: http://www.rlf.org.uk/showcase-home/
Royal Literary Fund home: http://www.rlf.org.uk