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Our supporters

We want to celebrate the people and organisations who have supported our storytelling mission. We’re grateful to all our advocates, Official Ministers, regular donors, corporate partners and everyone who has supported Ministry of Stories since we founded in 2010.

Funders and Partners

At Ministry of Stories we are grateful to everyone who supports our storytelling mission.

We’re proud to be supported by the following public, trust and foundation funders:

  • Arts Council England – National Portfolio Organisation (2023-2026)
  • The Childhood Trust
  • City Bridge Foundation
  • City of London Corporation
  • Cockayne Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation
  • The Fagus Anstruther Memorial Trust
  • Foundation for Future London
  • The Grocers’ Company
  • Hackney Council + The Speaker of Hackney
  • JAR Charitable Trust
  • Lightbulb Trust
  • The Mercers’ Company on behalf of The Charity of Sir Richard Whittington
  • Rachel Hood 1978 Charitable Trust
  • Sherborne in the Community
  • Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust
  • VRU (London’s Violence Reduction Unit), Mayor of London / GLA
  • The Vinters’ Company

Corporate supporters

We work with many local and national businesses who offer their expertise, time, staff and, importantly, fundraising and donations.

Companies that currently support our story mission:

  • Allen and Overy
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Amazon Literary Partnership
  • Better Business Community Network
  • Motive Productions
  • NEXT plc
  • Old Street District Partnership
  • Plastic Pictures
  • Raconteur
  • Sabre Graphics
  • Studio Brick
  • Ten14 Media Limited
  • UBS
  • Usborne
  • We Made This
  • Winning Language

Individual supporters and advocates

Every donation, big or small, makes a difference to the children we work with. Individuals who show vim, vigour and who go on to develop a very special relationship with Ministry of Stories may be invited to apply for Official Ministerial Status or to become a member of our Stationery Department. Please contact for more information.

Thanks to you all!

  • First Minister – Nick Hornby
  • Minister for Fluency – Colin Firth
  • Minister for Literary Pleasures and Sorrows – Alain de Botton
  • Original Minister of Creativity and Mavenhood – Joe Dunthorne
  • Minister of Many Colours – the late Peter Usborne
  • Minister for the Upbeat and Feelgood – Kristina Knoll
  • Minister for the Sinister – Chris Ward
  • Most Excellent Guardian of the Limerick – Jim Leaviss
  • Master of Monsters’ Staples – Paul Bennun
  • Minister for Turquoise Pens – Frances Booth
  • Minister for Expensive Book Binding – Martin Schoernig
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury Tags – Joe Hallgarten
  • Joint Secretaries of State for Nice New Notebooks – Hannah Pennell and Richard Young
  • Joint Ministers of Scandiantipodean Greek Letters and Numbers – Beate and Nic Triantafilidis
  • Minister Of All Jet-Powered Literature, Including Comic Books And Any Book In Which A Character Gets On A Plane – Harriet Rugg-Easey
  • Queen Of The Young Literary Universe – Lucy Macnab
  • Minister for the Ministry, All Denizens Thereof, Its Works And Associated Projects, Etc, Ad Infinitum – Ben Payne
  • Diplomatic Attaché For French Optimism, Tickled Imaginings, and Controversial Commas – Régis Cochefert
  • Minister For First Editions, Last Editions, and Every Edition In Between – Lexi Airey
  • Minister For Reading Rooms and the Perusal of Other People’s Stories – John Gillman
  • Minister For Day Dreams and Escapades – Mary Winch
  • Undercover Agent for the Liberation of Miniature Imaginations – Duncan Kilty

We are delighted that Cllr Anya Sizer, Speaker of Hackney, has chosen us to be one of her charity partners for 2023/24.

Our other very lovely donors including Nick, James and Miriam, Maureen, Eleanor, Jeannie and Tim. And all our donors who wish to remain anonymous. You know who you are. Thank you!

Thanks to all

How you can help

To find out how donations help inspire a nation of young writers, and how you could be a part of the Ministry’s future, please email


Want to check we’re in good shape?

Please feel encouraged to read our most recent published Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements for the year ending 31 March 2023. We’re very proud of what our young writers have achieved, with the help of our small but mighty team.

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