London, UK: Virgin Media O2’s Together Fund, which launched earlier this month to supercharge charities across the UK, has attracted almost 1,000 applications in just two weeks.
The nationwide initiative, which forms part of Virgin Media O2’s support for the Together Coalition, is providing £1,000 grants for environmental and community projects which champion and celebrate community spirit, belonging and togetherness.
Following a shortlisting process, 400 community-based charities will receive funding – distributed by Neigbourly – ahead of ‘Thank You Day’ on Sunday 4 July.
‘Thank You Day’ is the Together Coalition’s national day of celebration to give thanks to people who have supported others during the past year, and builds on the community spirit experienced during lockdown.
Charities receiving funding, include:
In addition, Virgin Media O2 is funding the Together Coalition’s ‘Community Connectors’ initiative by investing in 10 communities across the UK identified as areas of low social equity. Community Connectors will help to facilitate and run events and activities on Thank You Day which are designed to have a lasting, positive impact on those communities.
Virgin Media O2’s strategic charity partners, Carers UK and The Climate Coalition, have also received additional funding to hold Thank You Day events:
Carers UK is running an all-day ‘Care for a Cuppathon’ virtual event to recognise and celebrate the efforts of 6.5 million unpaid carers who care for a loved one. The event will feature poetry, music and book readings, and all carers taking part will receive a complimentary cream tea.
The Climate Coalition will be backing young people who are leading environmental change in communities across the UK and shaping a new conversation on climate change, through support for their local innovative climate projects via their network of 140+ environmental organisations.
Nicola Green, Chief Communications & Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media O2 said:
“We’ve been blown away by the fantastic response to the Virgin Media O2 Together Fund from charities across the UK.
“It has been inspiring to read the hundreds of amazing applications from grassroots organisations whose incredible work has been a lifeline to communities up and down the country – despite the pressures and challenges they have faced during the pandemic.
“It was no easy task to select the final 400 charities to receive the funding, and we’re incredibly proud to be supporting the Together Coalition and supercharging Thank You Day which will bring people together and celebrate community spirit on Sunday 4 July”.
Alice Braybrook, Director of the Together Initiative, which co-ordinates the Together Coalition said:
“We’re thrilled that the Together Fund has been able to support so many local charities to bring people together across their communities.
“As a coalition, Together’s vision is of kinder, closer and more connected communities across the UK. We know we can’t achieve this without trusting grassroots who know how best to achieve this in their own communities, and helping to equip them better with the tools and resources they need to deliver activity in a way that works for them.
“We’re so grateful that Virgin Media O2 has been able to support this, particularly ahead of Thank You Day on Sunday 4 July.”
Notes to Editors:
For more on the Together Fund, visit www.neighbourly.com/virginmediaO2togetherfund
For more on Thank You Day on Sunday, 4 July, visit https://thankyouday.org.uk