Virgin Money Foundation - Community Anchor Fund

Community Anchor organisations come in different forms, however, the form of the organisation is less important than the methods they employ. They are often the driving force in a local neighbourhood, the facilitator and supporter of community activity and a way that local people of all ages can be involved in determining their shared future.

The Community Anchors' Fund will provide organisations working in the North East of England with grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The funds can be used to cover core costs, they can also be spent on designing and launching new activity. The award can be spread over one, two or three years.

The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year. Applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. We expect to make between 10 and 15 awards. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close – so we suggest you apply as soon as possible.

Full details are available on the Virgin Money Foundation's website.

Nationwide Community Grants

The Nationwide Community Grants programme awards grants of up to £50,000 to local housing projects that will strengthen local communities by supporting the most vulnerable by:

  • Preventing people from losing their home
  • Helping people in to a home
  • Supporting people to thrive within the home environment

The fund is open from 3 June – 5 July in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, West of England, North West, North Midlands and the North East of England. In the North East the fund is being managed by the County Durham Community Foundation.


Full details are are the UK Community Foundation's website.

Blyth Demonstrator Windfarm Community Fund

The Fund will consider applications between £500 and £10,000, in exceptional circumstances application will be considered for up to £20,000.
Priority will be given to applications originating from within Blyth, Cambois, East Bedlington and Seaton Valley. Consideration will also be given to applications for funding originating from outside the Priority Area, provided that persons residing within the Priority Area may benefit.

The fund will support
  • Community organisations to support capital, activities and development.
  • Access to training and /or educational activities for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people.
  • Access to amateur sport or the arts for disadvantaged gifted and talented young people.
  • Sustainable development by the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.

The deadline for applications is the 22nd of July.


Full details are on the Community Foundation's website.