Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

Grant size:  up to £5,000

Location: Leeds 

Deadline: 31/01/2020 at 12noon

Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund

, goverrThis special fund has been created through donations made in memory of Ann Maguire, a school teacher from Leeds who was well-loved and respected but who sadly died in April 2014. Ann had an incredible gift of identifying potential in her pupils, whilst giving them the encouragement and strength to help realise their goals. In her honour, the fund wishes to continue her work by enabling and developing the aspirations of young people.


Type of activity

The focus of the Fund is on arts education covering: performing arts and drama (literature or poetry), singing, instrumental music and dance.
Film projects can be considered as long as they focus on at least one of the arts listed above. 
The Fund is not able to support art projects involving photography.


Eligible applicants – Individuals

Grants of up to £500 will be available for individuals between the ages of 11 and 18, living in Leeds, who have a talent in any of the areas detailed above who can demonstrate that their personal circumstances prevent them from fully developing their skills. This may be because of the financial circumstances of the young people and their families or because of health reasons.  Grants cannot be given for an activity or event that would fall within statutory responsibility, such as staff salaries and curriculum costs. Applications will need to be approved by a teacher or other responsible person who is not related to you.


Eligible applicants – Organisations

The fund is also open for Leeds-based organisations which provide activities for talented young people meeting the criteria above.  They can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for activity that will specifically support the development of talent in young people as defined above. In order to be eligible you must:

  • Be a constituted community group, registered charity or social enterprise
  • Have a Management Committee Board of Trustees or Board of Directors made up of at least three people who are not related or living at the same address; if you are a registered company, this must be true for your Board of Directors even if you have a larger Management Committee as well
  • No single Director can have more than 50% control of the organisation
  • A bank or building society account in the name of your organisation with a minimum of two unrelated cheque signatories
  • Accounts or a record of income and expenditure for your organisation; if you are newly set up, you will need to provide a bank statement and an organisational budget
  • A Child Safeguarding Policy or similar (information and advice about writing and implementing these can be found here); if you do not feel you need one, please attach a brief statement explaining why
  • Projects cannot be for the advancement of religion or politics


Process and Timeline

Please apply using the “apply now” buttons above. Organisations need to complete an online application form and upload supporting documents (recent annual accounts, governing document and list of board members – more information in the application form). Individuals complete a word document application form and email it to

If you are applying as an individual and would like a hard copy of the application form posting to you, please get in touch using the details below. This will need to be returned by post or in person within normal working hours. 

The deadline for applications is 12 noon Friday 31st January 2020. We aim to inform successful applicants by mid-March 2020. Allocated funding should be spent within 12 months of receipt and you will need to complete a form to tell us what you achieved and how the money was spent.


For further information please contact:

Leeds Community Foundation, First Floor 51a St Paul’s St, Leeds LS1 2TE

T: 0113 242 2426