Community First is an £80million government-funded initiative, running for four years until March 2015.
The programme helps 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:
- Neighbourhood Matched Fund – a £30milion programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and
- Endowment Match Challenge – a national £50million community endowment raising programme
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 also links up with the Community Organisers programme as much as possible to further support social action in communities. The Community Organiser programme is managed by Locality.
This video shows the difference that these small grants have been making throughout the Community First programme.
And if you want to see where it all began:
- Big Society drive to boost local social action begins – this is the Cabinet Offices’ press release to launch the programme
- Community First seeks members for grant-giving panels– this was an article published in Third Sector magazine