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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 three months, we're giving three local organisations in your community the chance to receive £2,000 - with awards of £1,000 and £500 for the runners up, as voted for by Virgin Money customers and Lounge members.
Wow!
We have had such a fantastic response to our Heart of the Community Fund that we are unable to accept new applications from community organisations in your area at the moment. If you'd like to be notified when the fund reopens please let us know your email address.
Eligibility checklist
To apply your organisation must be able to say yes to each of the following questions:
When we say unconnected we mean not related by blood or marriage, in a long-term relationship or living together at the same address.
If your answer is no to any of the above questions this isn't the fund for you.
Just our bag
We'd love to support projects:
  • Run by smaller local community organisations. That means annual running costs of less than £500,000.
  • Working in the parts of the city 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 £2,000 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.
Organisation details
This must be the full legal name of your organisation as shown in your governing document.
If your organisation uses a different name on a day to day basis please let us know.
Contact details
We need you to supply the names and home addresses of two unconnected individuals, one of those must be your Chairperson.

When we say unconnected we mean not related by blood or marriage, in a long-term relationship or living together at the same address.
Main contact details
The main contact is the person we will talk to about this application, this may be yourself, or a colleague.
Home post code.
Home door number and street name.
Chairperson contact details
If you are the Chair and have already supplied your details above, please supply contact details for another individual within your organisation.
Home post code.
Home door number and street name.
Project details
Maximum word limit: 300
Maximum word limit: 300
Maximum word limit: 200
We shortlist three community organisations to feature in the voting unit for three months at a time. Depending on the level of applications we get we might have organisations 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!
Constitution
Please attach a copy of your constitution document.
Accounts
Please attach a copy of your latest annual accounts. If you are a brand new organisation please attach a copy of your latest management accounts.
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.  

For full details of the Virgin Money Foundation Privacy Policy, please go to virginmoneyfoundation.org.uk/privacy-policy/.
Once you're happy with your application form please click the review button below. You will then be taken to a final page where you can print a copy of your application before submitting it to the Foundation.