Discovering Worldcon: Call for Community Fund Donations

The 2024 World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow is fast approaching. Play your part in helping fans worldwide join us this summer!

In August 2024, the World Science Fiction Convention heads to Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) for the 82nd Annual Worldcon. Glasgow is a unique location, with a rich cultural and industrial heritage and a happening sci-fi scene. As amazing as our location is though, Worldcon’s success comes from the fact that it brings our global community together. We’re happy to announce the opening of our Community Fund, which will enable us to welcome even more members of our community to Glasgow in 2024.

What is the Glasgow 2024 Community Fund?

Glasgow 2024, a Worldcon for our Futures, strongly believes that our convention should be inclusive of as many different attendees as possible. Unfortunately, in the current economic climate, travel, accommodation, and other costs may simply be inaccessible to some. 

Our Community Fund is a way for fans to directly support other fans, including programme participants, and bring together as many of us as possible in Glasgow this coming August 2024. 

We’re asking members and supporters of the World Science Fiction Convention to make the 82nd celebration the best yet by making financial contributions to support fans who need it via the Glasgow 2024 Worldcon Community Fund. All funds raised from the initiative will be used to help fans in the ways they would most benefit from in order to be able to attend, such as:

  • Funding Worldcon memberships
  • Supporting ‘pay what you can’ memberships
  • Funding travel
  • Covering accommodation costs
  • Subsidising other costs (food, childcare, etc.)
  • Funding mobility devices

Anyone can donate to the fund, whether you’re planning to attend or not. Furthermore, there is no minimum pledge amount—every donation will make a difference.

How to Support the Community Fund

If you are a Worldcon member or a science fiction fan hoping to support others, donating to the Community Fund is one of the easiest ways to do it. Every pound you donate will actively go toward supporting the Fund’s successful applicants.
To make a donation, no matter how big or small, please visit this link today. Alternatively, you can email for further support.

Interested in applying to the Community Fund?

Our Community Fund applications are now open here. More information about the Fund, the application and notification process, and other details can also be found at this page. 

The Community Fund is designed to help individuals who meet specific criteria, including:

  • Fans of limited means (particularly those in the UK and Europe)
  • Members of marginalised and underrepresented groups, including (but not limited to) fans with disabilities
  • International fans from countries historically underrepresented at Worldcons

Applications will be accepted from the end of February to the end of June, with distribution to successful applicants from about the first of April. 
If you have any questions, or would like more info about applying to the Community Fund, please email us at

Donations That Make a Difference

The difference a Community Fund makes is huge. The 2022 Chicago Worldcon Community Fund raised over $23,000, which supported a total of 101 people!  The Glasgow 2024 Community Fund’s goals are even more ambitious. We aim to help even more attendees who otherwise would not be able to attend, building our vibrant international community and creating memories for as many fans as we can. Your donation, however big or small, will play a direct role in achieving this goal. Please consider donating to make that difference!

Photo by Artur Kraft on Unsplash

Kate Wood has been a science fiction fan since reading her way through the entire school library, Adams to Zindell. Since then, her interests have diversified to sci-fi romance, the Viking history of Scotland, and the art of hand-spinning. After accidentally volunteering at her first convention (Arisia ’94), she has kept going in various behind  the scenes roles ever since. This year she is serving as Glasgow 2024’s Member and Staff Services Deputy Division Head.

The 82nd Worldcon will take place in Glasgow, August 8–12, 2024. We can’t wait to welcome you to Glasgow and the SEC/Armadillo for a Worldcon for Our Futures.