Can you apply to the Community Anchors’ Fund?
To apply to the fund you will need to evidence that your organisation provides a range of services and practical support relevant to the needs of the neighbourhood in which you live. We expect a community anchor to:
Provide local services and act as a gateway to helping people access the other services they need.
Bring in money
Make a difference to people’s pockets by bringing money, training and jobs into a neighbourhood.
Be a voice for local people
Community anchors perform an important role in speaking out on behalf of local people, making sure they have a about local issues and services that effect their daily lives.
Support other community organisations
In many neighbourhoods there are several groups or organisations working with different sections of the community. Community anchor organisations support these organisations, helping them to develop and grow.
Protect local assets
Many community anchor organisations own important community assets within an area. This can be a building, an area of green space, the local library or housing.
Provide safe spaces
Community anchors provide safe spaces for members or groups of the community to meet, share and develop.
The Community Anchors’ Fund will award grants to community anchors to support them to become strong and resilient hubs which enable the community to come together and thrive. This is supported with volunteering, training and networking opportunities using the skills of colleagues from across the Virgin Money business thereby adding value to the award.
If you are unsure whether your organisation is a community anchor or would like to discuss your application please email: firstname.lastname@example.org – we are very happy to talk to you.