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:
- 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 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.
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:
- Download your free communications pack
- Download a colour Community First logo
- Download a black and white Community First logo
- Download a sample press release. You can use this as a template for your own press releases; there is space to add your own story and photo.
- Download a sample Community First Briefing Pack. You can edit the items in red to personalise it for your local area.
Evaluation of Community First
You can now view the first update from the team carrying out the evaluation of the Community First programme.
The evaluation, which aims to understand how well the programme is working and the impact it is having in local communities, is being carried out by Ipsos MORI and nef consulting, on behalf of the Office for Civil Society (OCS).
This is the first of the regular updates planned throughout the evaluation, aimed at ensuring the feedback and lessons learned are passed on to all those involved, and incorporates feedback from recent surveys of over 400 Panel members and 1,500 projects.
Keep up to date with Community First
There are several ways we share what’s going on with the programme:
- The Community Facebook page is updated regularly with all the latest news for panels and funded groups
- The #commfirst hashtag is used by all partners and funded groups who are active on twitter
- The CDF newsletter also contains stories on what funded groups are up to
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.