THE National Book Development Board (NBDB) is inviting book authors and publishers to apply for the National and International Translation Subsidy Program, as the board offers P6.8 million in grants to translate works into local and international languages.

A total of 74 grants are available for Filipino authors and publishers for works in children’s literature, culinary literature and cook books, graphic literature, and classics, creative fiction, nonfiction, historical and cultural books.

“We want to be able to have Filipino language books around the country, so books will be available to Filipinos, in our own language. We also want to have an imprint around the world because we have a huge diasporic community,” NBDB executive director Charisse Aquino-Tugade said in an interview with The Manila Times.

There are 32 grants available for the National Translation Subsidy Program and 42 grants for the International Translation Subsidy Program.

Aquino-Tugade said there are still fewer applicants than the available grants, and she encouraged authors and publishers to apply.

“People do need extra push, marketing push, and that’s what [NBDB] is really here for, to help internationally,” she added.

Those who will be granted subsidies will only have to provide five copies of the books to the NBDB, and the board will help them market and sell these books abroad.

The deadline for the application for the grants has been extended until June 30, 2021.

Results will be announced three weeks after the deadline.

The NBDB said applicants should first register online through their e-registration on its website, booksphilippines.gov.ph, before sending their application for the grant.