Trusts & Foundations

Trusts, foundations and public funders help us use the transformative power of stories for personal, social and community development.

A grant, big or small, can help us to create commissions from writers and translators, produce new work, deliver inspiring community programmes, develop the next generation of writers and translators, or ensure that young people from all backgrounds in the East of England can connect to creative writing, stories and ideas.

We are grateful to all our supporters, past and present, for making this possible.

How Trusts and Foundations help our work:

Engaging young people

Our Learning Team helps young people and schools to create, engage and learn about creative writing. Our programmes include workshops, touring activities in schools, a youth creative festival, and free learning resources. In 2021/22:

  • 6,751 children and young people took part in NCW activities.
  • 54 learning institutions engaged.
  • 66% of children said they do not have similar opportunities elsewhere.

The Stephen Spender Trust is a long-standing supporter for our translators in schools activity. As the UK’s leading charity for multilingual creativity in schools, the Trust shares NCW’s commitment to using creative writing and translation to enrich the education of young people. Current support helps us to deliver workshops for young people, across languages, exploring ‘me and my city’.

Our work with Young People

Creative Communities

At the heart of our community programmes are connection and story sharing. Working with partners such as New Routes Integration, we are empowering marginalised refugee, asylum seeker and migrant communities through creative English language workshops – giving people newfound confidence and skills, and celebrating our shared heritage in Norwich, UNESCO City of Literature.

‘It has been brilliant to watch our young people grow in confidence in sharing their writing and using their own creative ideas’ – New Routes Integration

Through its support of Stories from the Quarter, the National Lottery Heritage Fund has helped us engage over 100 members of Norwich’s Bengali community through oral history sessions, visits to Dragon Hall, family workshops and more.

For Communities

Developing writers and translators

Every year, we commission hundreds of writers to produce new work, and provide bespoke talent development opportunities for emerging creative writers and literary translators.

By supporting Escalator, the Amazon Literary Partnership helps us to support new and emerging writers. Through bespoke mentoring over an extended period, underrepresented voices from the East of England have the chance to develop bold new stories that may otherwise go unheard. By directly connecting authors to publishing sector contacts and showcasing their work, Escalator is a proven catalyst for publication and critical recognition.

‘My mentor quickly cut to the core of what I’m trying to do and is giving me the best chance of success with expert insight and enthusiastic support. I’m working on my novel with real confidence that I’m going in the right direction.’ – Escalator Writer.

For Writers

Learn More

If you wish to discuss making a grant to the National Centre for Writing, please contact Paula Sanchez, Head of Communications & Development.

For a snapshot of the impact your support can make, please click here, or read our latest Impact Report for more information.

The National Centre for Writing strives for best practice in its fundraising and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

We are transparent with our donors and supporters, and strive to ensure that our fundraising is legal, open, honest, and respectful.


Build a Book workshop at Dragon Hall. © Jo Millington.
Celebrating the Bengali community in Norwich, part of NCW’s Stories From the Quarter programme, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. © Andi Sapey.
The Story Machine, performance at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. © Joanna Millington.