Applying for Funding

Funding of Projects

Applications will be considered by a Community First Panel in each eligible ward and if approved will be forwarded to Community Development Foundation, who will enter into a grant relationship with the applicant, applicants will be required to provide monitoring information on completion of the project.

Project must meet the community needs identified as Community Priorities.

There are two ways in which projects can be funded

1. Local groups/ organisations can request funding- this is to be done by email, proforma documents will be available via a ward specific website.
Support will be given to groups who are unable to utilise IT systems.
(Community Development Foundation will display details of the local panel email and web site on their CDF website, priorities will also be displayed on the panel website)

2. The panel can approach specific organisations or groups about delivering a project in the ward area.

Key questions to be considered when requesting funding for projects

• Does your project address one or more local priorities?
• Is the timetable for delivery achievable?
• Will it improve quality of life or opportunities for local people?
• Will it provide opportunities for local people to be involved in delivery?
• What benefits will result from the project?
• Is it value for money?

Who can receive Community First Funding?

In order to receive funding the applicant must:
• be a not for profit organisation, third sector or community groups
• be connected with and / or meeting the needs of the community
• have a bank account with 2 signatories or nominate such an organisation to hold funds on its behalf.
• have a governing document which includes a minimum of name, aims, purpose and objectives, a dissolution clause and a list of committee members or trustees.
(New groups are not required to have this but agree to develop one—local support to develop a governing document will be provided if necessary )
• Provide significant evidence of community participation through the groups matched element to the project.
• Show that the project is in line with the ward priorities

Examples of what can be funded

• Purchase of equipment
• Costs of a local event or workshop
• Training of volunteers
• Activities which support community activity
• Activities which support a community need
• Funding to support an organisation to meet a standard or quality relevant to their activities

Community First cannot fund:

• Statutory organisations.
• Arms length public sector organisations which are controlled wholly or in part by a Local Authority, a Primary Care Trust or agencies of such organisations.
• any party political activity
• any commercial ventures
• certain types of activities that support asylum seekers. Further information re this can be found at:

Match Funding

Groups funded by Community First Programme will have to demonstrate match funding, principally in volunteer time but can also include donated cash, goods and services.

Grants will be small, the maximum amount a group or organisation can be allocated in any year being £2500.
Groups are recommended to use an hourly rate for volunteer time of £11.09 for match time.

How do you apply?

Applications will be made using a Project Proposal Form:

Download the form here

An “aide memoir” document here explains the entire process.

For further information get in touch.

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