Anchor's community grants
What are Anchor's community grants?
We are all having to adapt to “a new normal” at the moment and one of the amazing ways that you can help to make your location and neighbourhood an even better place for our residents is through the Anchor Community Fund.
The fund supports a range of activities and projects from help to fund a scheme social event to redesigning an area of the scheme. The fund aims to bring residents together and combat social isolation by improving the well being of residents. You can apply for up to £5000 on a yearly basis. The applications are reviewed quarterly so have a look at the criteria and apply today. Social Trip applications will not be reviewed by the panel due to Covid-19 Restrictions. All applications will be subject to review by the Panel who will review inline of the Government Guidance around Covid-19. Please indicate on your application how the project/event will be delivered under the Government guidance. If this information is excluded your application will not be processed.
How does it work?
Any Anchor customer, colleague or group can apply for a community grant. Colleagues and customers are encouraged to work together to come up with a great idea that requires funding to get it up and running.
Awards are made for the ideas and initiatives that demonstrate the greatest opportunity for enhancing the quality of life for our customers, at our locations.
What can community grants be used for?
There are three categories to apply for in both our care and our housing - all reflecting different areas of wellbeing. Applications should make sure they meet at least one of the categories listed below:
Getting active and being connected
Arranging an event or an activity that connects residents or neighbouring estates and communities to reduce social isolation and build relationships. This could be a one-off or series of events. We encourage intergenerational events and activities and includes increasing resident engagement. Examples include reminiscence therapy, garden improvements, dance classes, computer or digital skills training.
Increasing resident involvement
Some residents might be unable to take part in social activities or find it difficult to be involved in decision-making about location/estate issues due to lack of accessibility. This could be due to hearing problems, sight problems, lack of wheelchair access or where English is not their first language. Your application could be for making improvements to accessibility, such as purchasing hearing loops for a common room.
Living well on locations/estates and keep learning
Your project could help improve the quality of life for customers where you live, by making improvements to your environment. This could include building raised vegetable beds in a garden, creating a sensory garden, planting a wildlife area, or building a covered seating area. Other examples include learning activities or classes based around common hobbies and interests such as book groups that could support those who no longer find reading easy.
How do I apply?
Having completed your application form, please remember to keep a copy for your records. Applications will be filed until the deadline date, once this has passed they will be forwarded to the panel of residents and staff to be considered. If your application is unsuccessful, the administrator will write to you to let you know the reasons why and offer support for future applications. If successful, we will be in touch soon after the panels decision date.
If you would like any support with your application, please contact the Community Grants Administrator on:
Email: [email protected]
Considering leaving a gift or donation?
After providing for family and friends you may wish to leave Anchor a charitable gift in your will or you might want to make a donation. Regardless of the size, legacy gifts, bequests or donations are vital in helping us to continue funding great ideas for the benefit of our customers.
All donations and gifts are treated in the same way. If you want yours to be used for a specific purpose we can ensure that happens – just make sure you tell us.
We recommend you can obtain independent advice on wills, bequests and donations from the Citizens Advice Bureau or a qualified solicitor. Anchor and Anchor colleagues cannot help draw up a will or act as a witness or executor.