Big changes start locally

Norfolk Projects to Benefit from Virgin Money Foundation Grant Awards

Charles Burrell Centre Staff


  • First grants from The Virgin Money Foundation in Norfolk will support seven projects across the region from Great Yarmouth to Kings Lynn
  • Over £288,000 awarded to projects focused on supporting social enterprises, providing training and job opportunities for the homeless and transforming local communities

Seven charitable organisations across Norfolk are set to benefit from over £288,000 in new funding as part of the Virgin Money Foundation’s first grant awards in the county.

Nancy Doyle, Executive Director of The Virgin Money Foundation said:

“We are thrilled to announce our inaugural grants to charities across Norfolk. This money will support innovative and dedicated organisations striving for positive change in their communities. The awards are aligned with our ambition to regenerate local communities by backing those people who can make a real difference to the neighborhoods they live in.”

The organisations awarded grants include:

The Feed (Norwich)

The Feed is a social enterprise catering business in Norwich. They provide great food and 100% of the profits go to charity. They support people who have experienced homelessness, helping them access long term housing, training and employment.

The award of £50,000 will enable The Feed to develop its café and catering business and provide training and job opportunities for homeless people in the City.

Matt Townsend, Chief Executive at The Feed said:

“The Feed are very excited about this support, which will help us get our new café and training centre at Prince of Wales Road up and running. It will enable us to increase the support and training we can give to people who have experienced homelessness and other major barriers to employment such as mental health problems.

People are coming to us with increasingly complex needs and it’s vital that our café and catering social enterprises continue to grow so that we can offer more people the chance to take back control of their lives and get back in to work. We are really looking forward to working with Virgin Money Foundation whose values and entrepreneurial spirit are very much aligned with The Feed.”

The Charles Burrell Centre (Thetford)

The Charles Burrell Centre is a community and business centre supporting education, community groups and local business growth by letting the former classrooms and offices of a large secondary school. With over 85,000 square feet of space as well as playing fields and tennis courts, the centre is home to over 40 organisations which include businesses and charities.

The award of £49,724 from the Virgin Money Foundation will be used to support the development of an environmental maintenance business to provide training and employment opportunities for local residents.

Terry Jermy, Chairman of the Charles Burrell Centre said:

“The support from the Virgin Money Foundation will help us to further enhance our work that has seen a redundant former high school transformed into a thriving community and business. We look forward to creating new job opportunities and providing training and work experience for people in the area.”

The SeaChange Trust (Great Yarmouth)

The SeaChange Trust is an independent arts development charity based in the Drill House, Great Yarmouth. The team at SeaChange are dedicated to delivering opportunities for artists and communities through supporting, hosting and delivering circus and street arts projects and events.

The £35,000 award from The Virgin Money Foundation will enable SeaChange to transform a derelict alleyway that runs alongside the Drill, a vibrant arts venue in the town – creating a café and workshop space for the performers.

Joe Mackintosh, Director at SeaChange said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have the support of the Virgin Money Foundation. This transformational project will make a real difference in a community that deserves it, help us to reach even more people and support the sustainability of our work in the community. This grant is a catalyst for bigger things and is sure to bring in more investment as a result.”

The latest grants bring the total level of awards made by the Foundation to over £6 million since the Foundation launched in August 2015.

The SeaChange Trust Great Yarmouth £35,000
Norwich Mustard Norwich £5,000
The Garage Trust Kings Lynn £50,000
Keystone Development Trust Thetford £49,996
The Charles Burrell Centre Thetford £49,724
The Feed Norwich £50,000
Appleseed Social Enterprise Wymondham £48,630

About The Virgin Money Foundation

  • The Virgin Money Foundation launched in August 2015 as an independent charitable foundation focused initially on community projects in the North-East of England, and growing to operate nationally over time. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of economically and socially deprived communities in the UK. This includes providing investment in community housing and building projects, promoting opportunities for youth work and training, as well as investing in projects designed to relieve unemployment.
  • The Foundation is funded through donations from Virgin Money, the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund. Virgin Money funds the majority of The Virgin Money Foundation’s running costs. This helps to ensure that 100% of donations go towards helping the Foundation to achieve its charitable objectives.

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