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Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund - 3 November 2011

£30 Million is now available to fund community projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country.

Community First is managed by the community Development Foundation (CDF) and is part of the new programme of community funding brought in to replace Grassroots Grants. The Neighbourhood Matched Fund aims to provide local communities with the means to address their own priorities. The key apsects of the fund are: 

  • communities will set up local panels 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);
  • funding has been 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 is based on the concentration of these characteristics within a ward;
  • because funding is targeted to reach the most deprived areas, only certain electoral wards are eligible in each Local Authority.

For a full list of eligible wards and allocations, download the List of eligible Community First areas and allocations and check the governmentfunding page for your Local Authority.

For full details see the CDF website.