Big changes start locally

Virgin Money Foundation and HFD Foundation commit a further £300,000 to Glasgow community groups

photo of children chalking at swamp

Eleven community groups across Glasgow and the surrounding area are to receive grants of up to £30,000 as part of the latest batch of funding awarded through the Glasgow Community Anchors’ Fund – a partnership between the HFD Charitable Foundation and Virgin Money Foundation.

South West Arts & Music Project (SWAMP), Crossroads Youth and Community Association, Govanhill Baths Community Trust, Woodlands Community Development Trust, Govan Community Project, 3D Drumchapel, Community Central Hall, Connect Community Trust, Lambhill Stables, LINKES, and Rosemount Lifelong Learning have been selected for funding grants, totaling £312,000.

Each community group plays a pivotal role in their local area, working with families, young people, and vulnerable groups to offer support through a range of initiatives. SWAMP uses music, film, and the arts to engage with vulnerable young people, whereas Rosemount Lifelong Learning offers a range of courses and learning opportunities to boost employability and skills development, as well as providing childcare services and additional community support.

Seven of the organisations receiving funding through this latest tranche of awards have been previous recipients of funding, reflecting the strong ongoing relationships which HFD and Virgin Money Foundation are developing with each of the charities - in many cases offering additional support beyond funding, through a range of capacity building initiatives.

The Glasgow Community Anchors’ Fund was launched in June 2020 and the HFD Charitable Foundation and Virgin Money Foundation have to date pledged £700,000 to support organisations across the city. Initial funding offered support through the Covid-19 crisis and, so far, more than £500,000 has been awarded to a range of community groups and charities.

Nancy Doyle-Hall, executive director of the Virgin Money Foundation, said:

“Supporting hard working community groups across Glasgow that create positive change in their local area is our focus. Our community anchors continue to work in challenging conditions, but their passion, resolve and impact is truly incredible.”

Karene Hill, trustee of the HFD Charitable Foundation, added:

“As the world begins to return to a sense of normality, community anchor groups will become more important than ever for the people who use their services. It is important that in our recovery from Covid-19, we do not leave anyone behind and the charities we’ve selected for this latest round are delivering incredible support to people in need. Since the launch of the Community Anchors’ Fund last year, we have witnessed first-hand the impact that community groups have in their local areas, however, continued access to funding is crucial in enabling them to engage with as many people as they can.”

List of awards

Organisation Name

Grant Award

South West Arts & Music Project (SWAMP) £30,000
Crossroads Youth & Community Association £17,190
Govanhill Baths Community Trust £30,000
Woodlands Community Development Trust £30,000
Govan Community Project £29,968
3D Drumchapel £30,000
Community Central Hall £27,698
Connect Community Trust £30,000
Lambhill Stables £30,000
LINKES £30,000
Rosemount Lifelong Learning £27,500

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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 throughout the UK over time. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of communities that have experienced social and economic decline. Since launch it has awarded over £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.
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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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