Community First


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

Please note: the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund is now closed for applications.

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:

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: