The Foundation believes that everyone has the right to live in a vibrant, diverse and thriving community and they want to support those vital local organisations that act as the “bedrock” in a neighbourhood – providing a place where people feel welcome, where problems can be solved and where good ideas are helped to grow. For this reason they have launched the Community Anchors’ Fund in partnership with the Clay Hill Trust.
Grants of £10,000 to £50,000 can be used to cover core costs or on designing and launching new activity.
- be a local organisation, committed to making long-term positive economic, social and environmental changes within their neighbourhood.
- offer open, voluntary access for the local community.
- have strong, long-lasting local relationships.
- be independent, but working in partnership with others.
- bring money and/or jobs into their community.
- own or trying to acquire or revitalise important local assets.
- provide a voice for local people in shaping the future of their community.
- have a track record of resilience.
The Foundation will make awards totalling £500,000 over the year and expect to make between 10 and 15 awards.
No deadline – but applications will be assessed as part of a rolling grants programme. When all of the available funding has been allocated the programme will close and so organisations are advised to apply as soon as possible.