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Since 2015 the Virgin Money Foundation has awarded over £13million to local charities working to create positive change in their community.

We invest in neighbourhood level organisations – those that know their community best and what is needed to tackle the issues that hold them back.

Our funding has been targeted at communities located in the top 20% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation and focused upon the North East of England and the City of Glasgow. We have learnt from organisations in these communities about the issues that if addressed would result in positive change for the local community. One of these issues is digital poverty.

Over the next few years, through its programmes, the Foundation will be working to support organisations to make a real and lasting difference in their neighbourhood by enabling digital inclusion.

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Building Digital Skills Fund

The North East of England and Scotland are two of the areas in the UK facing the highest levels of digital exclusion. Community Anchors are well placed to, or already are, responding to this, tackling digital exclusion and helping to close the digital divide.

Our new grants programme will allow these Community Anchor organisations to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 over a period of up to three years, applications to this fund are by invitation only.

Volunteer and Connect Fund

Digital Poverty does not only affect adults, 20% of children in the UK live in digital poverty too. We want to change this by providing support to children so that they become digitally confident.

Our colleagues at Virgin Money who volunteer with a school (for children aged 5-16yrs) or organisation that supports children’s education outside of mainstream schooling, can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 for the school to help tackle digital exclusion. From kit to lend out to families facing digital poverty, to new software and digital skills training, the grants will work to build the digital confidence of young people around the UK.

Open data

The Virgin Money Foundation is committed to being transparent and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. We believe that with better information, grantmakers can make more effective decisions. 360Giving provides support for them to publish data openly, understand that data and use it to create online tools to make grantmaking more beneficial. For more information, visit Link opens in a new window

To view information on our grants, in the 360Giving data standard.

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