Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund reopens for applications from talented young people and arts community projects

Community projects and individuals will have the opportunity to apply for grants and bursaries from the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

flower logo Thanks to the generosity of people in Leeds and across the UK, the Fund has now raised over £200,000. Due to the wealth of support, the Fund will now look to expand its geographical remit to accept applications from community projects across the whole of West Yorkshire, as well as continuing to offer bursaries to individuals in Leeds.  

The Fund, which is managed by grant-making charity, Leeds Community Foundation, will continue to support young people through arts education activities, including drama, literature, poetry, singing, instrumental music and dance. The Fund is also keen to see more applications which focus on the development of language skills through the arts.  

Bursaries of up to £500 will be available for individuals aged between 11 and 18 living in Leeds, who have a talent in the arts and who without financial support would struggle to pursue their passions.  

Larger grants of up to £1,500 will also be available for community groups and projects across West Yorkshire offering innovative and fun activities to allow talented young people to get involved with the arts.  

Emma Maguire said, “We are excited to re-open for applications and ensure the generous donations we have received go towards inspiring and supporting talented young people. Our mother was passionate about getting people engaged with languages. Therefore, we hope to see more applications from projects which are actively developing young people’s skills in language in a fun and interactive way, through the arts.   We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support for the Fund and look forward to continuing to distribute arts bursaries and grants to the people who need it most. ”

The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has already supported a variety of inspiring arts community projects and talented individuals across Leeds. Speaking about the Fund, the mother of a previously successful bursary applicant said, “Without there kindness and help of the Fund, Junior would not have been able to attend his scholarship and would not have achieved his lifelong dream.”  

Leeds Community Foundation’s Chief Executive, Sally-Anne Greenfield added, “It is great that the Fund is now able to welcome applications from community projects across West Yorkshire, so there is even more opportunity to create and develop arts activities for young people. ”  

The Fund is now open for applications and will close on Friday 23 October 2015. Grants criteria and application forms can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website:

Future grants rounds will be opened up throughout 2016.

For more details about the Fund, or to donate to this great cause, visit: