Fundraising Support – Curious Minds

Fundraising Support

Did you know that Curious Minds can help your school or organisation identify and secure grant funding for great art and culture?

Find Funding

Curious Minds is able to to access the Grantfinder database to identify potential funding sources for your project. Grantfinder is the UK’s leading grants and policy database and details in excess of 8000 funding opportunities. The information is continually updated.

If you have a project idea and you would like to request a search of the Grantfinder database, please contact Steph Hawke, Senior Manager: External Funding & Policy by emailing

Bid Writing Support Service

The Curious Minds bid writing service can help schools or arts organisations that are looking to secure funding for projects that engage children and young people with the arts.

If you want to know more, please contact Steph Hawke, Senior Manager: Funding & Policy by emailing

Why choose Curious Minds bid writing support?
Our team includes a number of experienced bid-writers from the libraries, art, museum and local authority sectors. We can also ensure your bid is informed by the latest policy priorities and we can broker local connections to enhance your proposal. We have particular expertise in understanding Arts Council England’s strategic objectives and significant experience with Lottery grant programmes.

Bids we have developed include:

Taywood Children’s Centre with Rosewood Nursery School, Rockwood Nursery School, Basnett Street Nursery School & Newtown Nursery School – Stories Alive
Grants for the Arts, £15,000
A cluster of 5 nursery schools worked with 5 artists including storytellers, a musician, a community artist and a picture book writer to build storytelling and creative skills with children and their families. The project included cooperative events in local theatres, outdoor spaces, museums and at the Children’s Centres.

Headteacher, Gail Murphy said:
"The support we received from Curious Minds was invaluable for the success of our bid.  We were given advice and guidance about which grants were best suited to our project and artists who would be able to manage the project.  Our project also received external evaluation from Curious Minds which leaves us in a strong position to make new bids going forward.  We couldn't have done it without them!"

Whitefield Infant and Nursery Unit – Our Journey of Community and Culture
Awards for All, £9,300
Exciting artists worked with children and parents to explore and respond to the local environment through photography, textiles and creative outdoors activity. A final exhibition and celebration brought parents over the threshold of the new school building transforming it into a creative place in which they felt they belonged.

Ladywood Special School – Lets Move! Bodies of Light
Grants for the Arts, £14,230

Dance and technology came together to help children with complex learning difficulties access the joy of movement and the pleasure of performance. Working in partnership with Z Arts, Bolton Museums and the Octagon Theatre artists were commissioned to work with technology that transformed children’s movement into stunning visual displays of light.

MLT Teacher and Artmark Coordinator Yvonne Heywood said:
"The help and support I had ensured our arts council bid was successful which transformed our project into something spectacular enabling us to be nominated for a museum and heritage award. Highly recommended!"

Bruche Community Primary School & Evelyn Street Primary School – Experience the Arts
Grants for the Arts, £12,500
Bruche proposed an exciting programme of arts activities to engage both Bruche and Evelyn Street Primary Schools along with the communities that surround them. Established artists worked alongside emerging artists in school to develop their own skills and knowledge and the skills and understanding of school staff.

The Architecture School for Children – How did our Garden Grow?
Heritage Lottery Fund, £16,200
TASC Manchester worked with four Moss Side schools to creatively explore the history of Piccadilly Gardens. Their work culminated in an exhibition in Manchester City Centre during Manchester International Festival.

Director Catherine Clements said:
"The specialist knowledge and insight into the bid writing process from Curious Minds was a contributing factor to the success of our bid."

We have also supported the following organisation with their fundraising efforts:

  • Theatre by Numbers
  • Starlings
  • Wigan Council
  • Mid Pennine Arts
  • New Bridge School
  • Tor View Community School
  • Hillside Primary
  • East Prescot Nursery