What is Community First?
Community First is an England-wide programme, funded by the Office for Civil Society, on behalf of the Government. It will run for four years, until March 2015. Two funds of money, worth £80m, have been created to help communities come together, become more resilient, and make their local area a better place to live.
Community First Panels: Each of the 600 areas will have their own panel, comprised of local people to represent their community. They will be involved in creating a plan for the local area, raising awareness of the funds, and planning how they will match and spend the money.
What does this mean for you?
Birley Ward has been selected as one of the 600 areas to receive Community First funding.
A Community First panel has been set up in your area, made up of local people. Their contact details can be found on the back of this leaflet. Get in touch to find out more or get involved.
Can I apply for funding?
Funding is available for projects that meet priorities agreed in consultation with local people. Agreed priorities for the Birley ward are:
- More things for young people to do
- Improved community facilities
- Improve the environment, making it cleaner and more appealing
- Reduce anti-social behaviour
- Local Health and Wellbeing
Where can I find more information?
You can find more information about the national Community First programme here: www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/community-first
South East Sheffield Community First – 2012/13
£30 Million is now available nationwide to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. People will be encouraged to give time, expertise and resources towards the projects they identify in their areas. The government will match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local action towards meeting community needs.
The programme will help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups.
Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities.
The South East of Sheffield has been awarded Community First grant funds for the Woodhouse and Birley wards.
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Please remember that the funds need to be match funded pound for pound which means that every £1 provided in funding must be matched by a similar amount of in-kind donations (this means donations of cash, services, free products or volunteer time). Therefore a monetary value must be placed against every in kind donation up to the total allocated grant. You can record volunteer time as a monetary value by recording all of the hours that your volunteers spend on this project and multiplying by £11.09 per hour to give you a total in kind donation volunteer time.