Community First


Community First is an £80million government-funded initiative that will run for four years, until March 2015. 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.

Community First consists of two elements:

We are working with several organisations to deliver the Community First programme, including supermarket chain Asda. Asda’s nationwide network provides an opportunity for customers and colleagues to identify local priorities and support local groups through fundraising efforts in store and online. Community First links up with the Community Organisers programme as much as possible to further support social action in communities. The Community Organiser programmeis managed by Locality.

Community First Communications Pack

We have created a communications pack to help funded groups share how Community First funding is making a real difference to their local community. The pack, available below, contains tips and advice on contacting the media, creating a website and using social media. Here are all of the free resources available to download:

Keep up to date with Community First

There are several ways we share what’s going on with the programme:

And if you want to see where it all began:

Below are some snapshots of Community First funded projects from across the country. If you have any photos you want to share, email them to

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.