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Glasgow community groups to receive £80,000 from Virgin Money Foundation and HFD Charitable Foundation



  • Grants will provide £80,000 of funding to support neighbourhood organisations based across Glasgow
  • Second set of grants awarded in Scotland as part of the £400,000 Community Anchors’ Fund

Six community groups across Glasgow will share grants totalling £80,000 as part of the Community Anchors’ Fund, a partnership between Virgin Money Foundation and the HFD Charitable Foundation.

Virgin Money Foundation expanded its charitable activities into Glasgow with the launch of the £400,000 Community Anchors’ Fund in June 2020, in partnership with the HFD Charitable Foundation.

The second round of grants from the Fund will help organisations across the City continue to support those communities impacted by Covid-19.

The six groups to benefit from latest round of funding are 3D Drumchapel, FARE Scotland, Lambhill Stables, LINKES, Maryhill Integration Network and North United Communities Ltd.

Jimmy Wilson, CEO of FARE Scotland said: "FARE Scotland are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a grant of £20,000 from the Virgin Money Foundation and HFD Charitable Foundation. Due to Covid-19, youth unemployment is going to have a significant impact on our young people and the communities we serve. FARE will utilise this grant to tackle the effects of youth unemployment and provide training that will assist young people to find and secure a well-paid job within the world of work."

Sharon Colvin, CEO of 3D Drumchapel said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this award. The funding is coming at a critical time for us and will make a big difference to the level of support we are able to provide to children and families in Drumchapel. Our support is needed more than ever and this injection of funding will help to ensure that we are able to continue to provide this. We are very grateful to the Virgin Money Foundation and HFD Charitable Foundation and look forward to developing this new relationship."

Elaine Connelly, Senior Community Development Worker at LINKES said: “We are delighted to have received a grant from the Virgin Money Foundation and HFD Charitable Foundation to support our community on the Lincoln Avenue estate in Knightswood and the surrounding area. Over the next year, the grant will enable us to make essential adaptations to our venue and to work with local people to tackle food insecurity and to promote health and well-being. We are looking forward to delivering a range of food related activities which could include a pop up fruit and veg stall, a community pantry, opportunities for growing produce and, when we are able to, bringing people together to share a meal. A big thank you to the Foundation and to all of our funders for enabling us to make a real difference.”

Celebrating its fifth year this year, Virgin Money Foundation is proud to support local groups in and around Virgin Money’s regional heartlands, including Glasgow. The Foundation launched in 2015 and since then it has made grants approaching £10million to community groups throughout the UK.

Nancy Doyle-Hall, Executive Director of the Virgin Money Foundation said: “Many communities are continuing to battle the effects of Covid-19. This second round of Community Anchor funding in Glasgow will help these groups continue to carry out vital work across the City.

“The Virgin Money Foundation, in partnership with the HFD Charitable Foundation, is proud to help these organisations continue their hard work in circumstances we have never encountered before. Seeing the passion and the drive they have to support their communities is truly humbling.”

Kat Ovenden, trustee of the HFD Charitable Foundation said: “It’s been a challenging year for so many community groups, but initiatives that support local people in need are more important than ever. We're working closely with the Virgin Money Foundation to continue to help good causes in Glasgow and the wider Lanarkshire area – where most of our business is based – and are planning to allocate further community funding grants before the end of the year."

The Community Anchors’ Fund has been established alongside HFD Charitable Foundation - the charitable arm of Scottish property development and IT business HFD Group. The company’s Charitable Foundation has made a significant contribution towards the Community Anchors’ Fund, as part of its ongoing commitment to support good causes in the local area. The grants will support the six community groups with a range of activities such as working with vulnerable youngsters, providing and delivering food parcels and digital skills classes.


Organisation Name Grant Award
3D Drumchapel £20,000
FARE Scotland £20,000
Lambhill Stables £10,000
LINKES £10,000
Maryhill Integration Network £10,000
North United Communities Ltd £10,000

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About Virgin Money Foundation

  • The Virgin Money Foundation launched in 2015 as an independent charitable foundation focused initially on community projects in the North-East of England and growing to operate throughout the UK over time. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of communities that have experienced social and economic decline. Since launch it has awarded approaching £10million in grants to community organisations across the UK.
  • Virgin Money Foundation seeks to work jointly with other funders, making additional funds available for great local projects. They have developed a partnership with HFD Charitable Foundation to extend the funding available in Glasgow.
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  • The Virgin Money Foundation. Charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales Company No. 9457101. Charity No. 1161290. Registered Office: Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE3 4PL.

About HFD Group

  • HFD Group is Scotland’s leading commercial property company. Over the last 30 years, it has built a solid reputation for high quality commercial developments and innovation. Predominantly office led, HFD’s portfolio of businesses includes industrial, datacentre, retail, and leisure projects for a range of sectors and occupiers. Its range of services spans development and construction to property management and data services.

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