Big changes start locally


The Virgin Money Foundation supports organisations with the vision to change their communities for the better.

We know there are lots of enterprising people already transforming the places they love and live in. If you’re passionate about where you live and are working with local people to create a strong healthy community we want to help!

Our programmes

Community Anchors' Fund - tackling poverty from the ground up

The Community Anchors' Fund supports those vital, independent, locally-led organisations, committed to driving positive economic, social or environmental change within a community.

The fund offers grants of up to £30,000 to organisations from the North East of England.

Find out more about The Community Anchors' Fund

Community Resilience Fund

In response to the challenges caused by COVID-19 and the extraordinary role played by local charities in supporting their local community through the pandemic, the Virgin Money Foundation created the Community Resilience Fund. The Fund, which is by invitation only, provides financial support to help organisations we have an existing funding relationship with to meet the cost of new activity or replacing income lost as a result of lockdown measures. During the pandemic we have awarded 30 grants through this fund.

Community Anchors’ Fund Glasgow

Community Anchors’ Fund Glasgow

In 2020 we expanded the Community Anchors' Fund into Glasgow. The Community Anchors' Fund Glasgow supports independent, community-led organisations that want to make positive changes to their neighbourhood. As the Fund launched during the pandemic, grants have initially focused on activity in response to COVID-19.

Find out more about The Community Anchors' Fund Glasgow

Young Change Makers Fellowship Programme

The Young Change Makers Fellowship is for young people aged 18 to 26 in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Change Makers Fellowships will support young people with the talent and the drive to create social change in their community; the places and spaces they call home.

Find out more about The Young Change Makers Fellowship Programme

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#iwill Take Action Fund

The #iwill Take Action Fund is currently closed to applications.

The #iwill Take Action Fund supports youth-led social action projects that create positive change in local communities. The fund offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations from the North East of England.

Leading The Way

Leading The Way is a tailored learning programme for leaders of community enterprises in the North East of England and Yorkshire and the Humber. It offers a balance of one-to-one development and group learning, with a grant of £8,000 to support your development and the impact of your organisation.

Find out more about Leading The Way

Inspiring projects the Foundation is already working with


Edberts House

This award winning enterprise is all about connection: connecting people to one another, connecting communities to good support and connecting people to decision makers to change the balance of power. It is based in three community houses in East Gateshead. It also has a large team of social prescribing link workers based in 29 GP surgeries across Gateshead working as part of its Community Linking Project.


West End Women and Girls

West End Women and Girls was set up in 1981 and supports over 9000 women and girls each year. Based in the West End of Newcastle it is an organisation that has strong and deep roots in its local community.

It provides a wide range of services including the provision of Domestic Violence Youth Champions who empower young women to say no to abusive relationships and refer young people for one-to-one support where needed.


Cranhill Development Trust

Cranhill Development Trust has served the people of Cranhill in Glasgow since 2002, providing social and educational opportunities, giving support, developing skills and self-confidence.

It has a vision to develop a vibrant urban village where people feel connected to their neighbours, safe and hopeful for the future.

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