Community Foundations - London, Kent & Bradford
In 2015 we launched three Active Community Funds as an innovative way of reaching more grass-root organisations whilst also involving our employees in the decision making process of award funding.
The Funds were administered by Community Foundations in London, Kent and Bradford. Working in partnership with the Community Foundations network gave us invaluable insight into the needs of our communities. The network also provides a robust application and due diligence process which allows our employees the opportunity to make the final decisions on who we award funds to.
Applications for core costs and service delivery projects were invited from organisations in specific postcodes with significant levels of deprivation where it is felt our support can make the most difference.
Eighteen volunteer employees from across Vanquis were chosen to sit on the first of these employee decision-making panels. The Funds contain the largest single investment Active Community has made in the UK since its inception. With 23 projects receiving funds across our three locations the Funds reached a much larger number of charities than Active Community could do alone.