Neighbourhood Matched Fund
This programme is now closed
If your project received funding, please ensure you have returned your monitoring form.
About the programme
Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund was an initiative that provided local communities with the means to address their own priorities through the following process:
- £30m funding was available for community projects until December 2014, with each funded project receiving between £250 and £2,500
- Communities set up local panels in each eligible ward and decide upon projects for funding in their area
- It was 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)
- Funding was allocated at ward level across every local authority in England. Eligible wards were selected on the basis of high levels of deprivation and significant increases in benefits claimants. The amount of funding for each area was based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward
- Because funding is targeted, only certain electoral wards were eligible in each Local Authority. You can use the postcode search above to find out if your area was eligible, or take a look at a map of the eligible areas by checking the Community First box once the link has opened.
For a full explanation of the selection process, please download the Community First NMF allocation rationale. You can also download a list of projects funded to the end August 2013.
If you had any concerns or other feedback about the Community First programme, please download our Compliments, Comments and Complaints policy.
Information for funded groups
Community First grants were processed electronically and as part of the grant requirement all groups were required to fill out a grant acceptance form and a monitoring form. If you still need to submit your monitoring form, login to your online account.
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- Download the Funding Acceptance Guidance Notes
- Download the Grant Monitoring Guidance Notes
- Download Terms and Conditions of Community First grants
- Download the Community First Communications Pack
- Download the Community First logo (Colour version)
- Download the Community First logo (Black and White version)
- Download a sample press release
- Download a sample Community First Briefing Pack
- Guidance on Community First Plans
- Using Participatory Budgeting to allocate Community First funding This step-by-step guide shows you how to enable local residents to chose which projects should receive funding. This guide has been written by PB Partners, who are experts in the Participatory Budgeting Field. They were formed as part of the legacy of the Participatory Budgeting Unit, which ran from 2000-2012. Brierly Hill ward in Dudley took a Participatory Budgeting approach to allocate some of their Community First funds, read more about it on their website
- An ABCD approach to allocating Community First funding This guide explains how to find your community’s existing strengths and assets through ‘Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). The aim is to fund projects that are in line with the assets of your area. This guide has been written by Nurture Development, Europe’s leading trainers of ABCD