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Community First

14 Oct 2011 - 10:01 by michelle.foster

Community First is an £80m government-funded programme that will run for four years, until March 2015. It will help communities come together through new and existing community groups, to identify their strengths and local priorities, plan for their future and become more resilient.

Community First consists of the £30m Neighbourhood Matched Fund programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and a national £50m Endowment Match Challenge.

Neighbourhood Matched Fund
£30Million is to be made available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas in the country. People will be encouraged to give time, expertise and goods towards the projects they identify in their areas and the government will match these pound for pound, helping to stimulate local interest and action.

• This is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities.
• Local panels will be set up in each eligible ward, and will decide upon projects for funding in their area.
• It is a matched fund programme, 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).
• It is a targeted programme that means that only certain electoral wards are eligible in each Local Authority. Use the postcode checker to find out if your area is eligible.
• The Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund has been allocated at ward level across every local authority in England.

Endowment Match Challenge
The Endowment Match Challenge will mobilise both national and local giving and philanthropy. It aims to raise £100m in donations, which will be matched with £50m of government investment. This money will continue to grow over the life of the programme ensuring a sustainable source of funding for communities in years to come.

CDF will be working with the Community Foundation Network and its network of local Community Foundations. Community foundations will set up endowed funds for donors and the Endowment Match Challenge will increase the value and impact of the donors’ funds by 50%. The target is to help donors create funds valued at £150m, £100m of which will be private donations topped up by £50m of government match.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Endowment Match Challenge, use the postcode finder to find out where your local Community foundation is based and make contact with them.

For further information, visit: www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/neighbourhood-matched-fund and www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/endowment-match-challenge, or contact 020 7833 1772, or email: communityfirst@cdf.org.uk.

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