Big changes start locally


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

We know that there are many enterprising people already doing great things to transform the places they live in and love.

Our vision is to help make your vision a reality. Whether you're an individual or a group on a mission, if you have the will to change your community for the better, we can provide the way. If you love where you live and have a dream for transforming it so that everyone is better off – inspire us.

"Every great movement in the world starts with a tiny group of people who simply refuse to accept a situation." - Sir Richard Branson

Our programmes

The North East Fund

The North East Fund works with organisations that promote long-term change in the communities that need it most in the North East. The fund is currently closed for new applications we aim to relaunch the next round of the North East Fund in Spring 2017.

Find out more about the North East Fund

The Ripple Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation’s “Ripple Fund” supports sustainable regeneration in local communities, particularly enabling activity that is likely to have a ‘ripple effect’, that is activity which will create skills and confidence to tackle other important issues and therefore build stronger communities.

Find out more about the Ripple Fund

Inspiring projects the Foundation is already working with


Food Nation Harissa

A leading food and nutrition social enterprise who have recently opened a one-of-a-kind healthy eatery, Harissa

 Make £5 Grow

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

A Museum that helps keep communities together as well as preserving heritage.

 Make £5 Grow

Blue Watch Youth Centre

A Youth Centre based in an old fire station helping more young people prepare for work.

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