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Heart of the Community Fund

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Helping communities at the heart of your community
Here at the Virgin Money Foundation, we're on a mission to support community regeneration by backing people who can make big changes happen locally.

Every two months, we're giving three local charities in your community the chance to receive £1,000 - with awards of £500 and £250 for the two runners up.

The awards will go to the charities with the most votes from Virgin Money customers and Lounge members. 
Eligibility checklist
If your answer is no to either of the above questions this isn't the fund for you.
Just our bag
We'd love to support projects:
  • Run by smaller local registered charities. That means annual running costs of less than £500,000.
  • Working in the parts of the community that need money the most.
  • With strong local roots.
  • Benefiting the wider community.
Spending the money
Funds can be used to buy materials and equipment, make improvements to a community building or sports facility, clean up an area of wasteland or support an event. The money could also pay for staff to run an activity. 
What isn't eligible?
There are some causes we can't support, like:
  • General appeals. So we won't be able to award £1,000 towards a very big appeal.
  • Sponsorship or marketing - like out name on a football shirt, or advertising in a magazine.
  • Projects looking to raise money that's already been spent.
  • Appeals that only benefit one person
  • Animal welfare. We're big animal fans, but the Foundation's all about people.
  • The day-to-day costs of schools and other educational facilities.
  • Medical treatment or research, hospices and medical centres.
  • Promotion of religious. political or advocacy-based groups.

Heart of the Community Fund

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Organisation details
Your details
We shortlist three charities to feature in the voting unit for two months at a time. Depending on the level of applications we get we might have charities lined up for the next six months. So you should take this into account when you put in your request. 

If you apply for an activity that is going to happen very soon we probably won’t be able to get you an answer as quickly as you need!
Project details
Maximum word limit: 500
Maximum word limit: 500
Maximum word limit: 500
Please attach a copy of your latest Annual Accounts. If you are a brand new organisation please send us a copy of your business plan.
The personal information you and other individuals supply, as well as information already held, may be used by the companies within our group including the Virgin Money Foundation in a number of ways, for example;

to assess and process applications
to verify the identity of individuals associated with applications 
to prevent fraud and money laundering 
to manage our relationship 
for audit purposes, research and statistical analysis 
to keep in touch with you about your application and / or the management of the grant.   
Full details of the companies within our group can be found at virginmoney.com/privacy.

Where you provide information about other people you must obtain their appropriate consent before doing so. Nothing in this application shall restrict the Virgin Money Foundation from awarding grants with the same or similar purposes to other future applicants.   
One you're happy with your response please click the review button below. You will then be taken to a final page where you can print a copy of your monitoring report and submit it to the Foundation.