The Community First programme funds new and existing community groups.
What is it?
Community First is an £80 million programme to fund new and existing community groups. It aims to help communities to:
- identify their strengths and local priorities
- plan for their future
- become more resilient
The programme is in 2 parts:
- the Neighbourhood Match Fund
- the Endowment Match Challenge
Neighbourhood Match Fund
The Neighbourhood Match Fund is a £30 million small grant programme for some of the country’s most deprived areas. Communities set up local panels to decide on projects for funding in their area.
This is a ‘matched fund programme’, which means that every £1 they get in funding from the programme must be matched by a similar amount in donations. The donations can be cash, services, free products or volunteers’ time.
Endowment Match Challenge
The Endowment Match Challenge is offering £50 million to match donations from individuals and corporations. The donations received will be matched by government investment.
If you’re interested in making a significant financial contribution to your community, the government will match every £2 you give with £1.
How can I get involved?
There are several ways you can get involved. You can:
- volunteer for a Community First panel to help to decide what kinds of projects should be funded in your area
- put forward ideas for projects to benefit local residents and get in touch with your local panel to apply for funding
- volunteer for a community project, or contribute in other ways through your local panel to help a group achieve their match contribution
Where can I find out more?
You can find out if you live in an eligible Neighbourhood Match Fund area and get details of your local Community First panel. For more details, visit the Community First website.