This fund is now closed
Community First was an £80million government-funded initiative which ran from April 2011 until March 2015.
About the programme
The programme helped communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It was funded by the Office for Civil Society (OCS) in the Cabinet Office.
Community First consisted 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 worked with several organisations to deliver the Community First programme. For example, the supermarket chain Asda‘s nationwide network provided an opportunity for customers and colleagues to identify local priorities and support local groups through fundraising efforts in store and online. And we also linked up with the Community Organisers programme to further support social action in communities, which was managed by Locality.
This video shows the difference that these small grants have been making throughout the Community First programme.
Minster’s thank you to Community First panels
Former Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, wrote to all Community First panels in June 2014 to thank them for all their hard work. He also announced some additional funding being made available to all panels, download a copy of the letter here.