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The Community Anchors' Fund

The Virgin Money Foundation believes everyone has the right to live in a vibrant and diverse environment and we want to support local organisations that are the bedrock of the community. These are places where people are welcomed, problems can be solved and good ideas grow. For this reason, we launched the Community Anchors' Fund in partnership with the Clay Hill Trust.


What are Community Anchor organisations?

They’re those vital locally-led organisations, committed to driving change in the local area. They act like anchors - there for the long-term, trying to provide stability and constantly adapting to different circumstances. They’re independent but work in partnership with other agencies and groups.

Community Anchor organisations come in different forms but the type of organisation is less important than the methods they use. They’re often the driving force in a neighbourhood, the facilitator of community activity and a way for local people of all ages to get involved in shaping their shared future.

During 2019, the Community Anchors' Fund will provide grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 to organisations in the North East of England. The funds can be used to cover core costs and can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

In addition to grant funding we are also offering all grant recipients a Locality membership.

Is that your organisation?

  • Are you committed to making long-term economic, social and environmental changes to your neighbourhood?
  • Are you working to make a measurable impact in the parts of the North East that need it the most?
  • Do you offer open and voluntary access for the local community?
  • Do you have strong and long-lasting local relationships?
  • Are you independent but working in partnership with others?
  • Do you bring money and/or jobs into the community?
  • Do you own important local assets or are you trying to acquire or revitalise them?
  • Do you provide a voice for people to help them shape their community’s future?
  • Do you have a track record of resilience?

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year. Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. We expect to make 10-15 awards. When all of the funding has been allocated, the programme will close. We recommend you apply as soon as possible.

We want to spend our money in the communities that need it most. So, we use the UK Government index and target communities based in the top 20%.

What isn't eligible

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