Virgin Media O2 has launched the new £500,000 ‘Together Fund’ with the aim of ‘supercharging’ local charities across the UK as the nation emerges from lockdown. The Together Fund forms part of Virgin Media O2’s support for the Together coalition which aims to bring people together to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.

Grants of £1,000 will support project and initiatives that aim to either:

  • Reduce loneliness and isolation and promote a sense of community belonging, or
  • Inspire positive action to enhance and protect nature and the local environment

Given Virgin Media O2’s role as a digital connectivity provide, the fund will also place an emphasis on supercharging charities that use digital technology to support the delivery of their projects or activities.

Applications will be accepted from local charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or the Office of Scottish Charity Regulation.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have a turnover of less than £1 million.
  • Have all financial statements required by the charity commission submitted on time for the previous two financial years.
  • Be able to report back on the social impact of the grant within timescales provided.
  • Be able to celebrate Thank You Day on 4 July 2021 either through a COVID-secure recognition event or social media celebration.

The launch of the fund coincides with the merger of broadband provider Virgin Media and mobile phone network O2.

Charities need to register and apply using Neighbourly, which is distributing the fund.

Applications will be accepted from 2 June 2021 until midnight on Monday 14 June 2021.