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, to continue to pay for existing work or to design and launch a 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.