Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund - Grants available for individuals and groups!

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund is open for applications from individuals and community groups supporting talented young people under 18 years old through music, drama and dance.

This 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: Performing arts including drama (literature and poetry), singing, instrumental music and dance.The Fund is not able to support art projects involving photography or film.  

Eligible Applicants

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 and will not be given directly to the individual themselves.

The fund is also open for Leeds-based community groups who provide activities for talented young people meeting the criteria above. They can apply for grants of up to £1,500 for activity that will specifically support the development of talent in young people as defined above.   


Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 30 January 2015.  Depending on available funding further grants rounds will be launched later in 2015. 

To apply

Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from