£3.2m now available in North West for community work

June 11th, 2013

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Community groups across the North West are being encouraged to apply for funding to help develop and expand their valuable work.

 

The latest figures show the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund has already helped allocate £1.9 million to social action projects in the North West in the last two years, and £3.2 million is still available for the region.

Nearly 493,000 volunteering hours have also been contributed to date in the North West as projects ‘match’ their Government money.

Now community groups are being invited to apply for a share of the £16 million funding still available from the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund by visiting www.cdf.org.uk/neighbourhoodmatchedfund and finding details of their local community panel.

To date the Government has already helped allocate almost £9.7 million directly to over 5,000 social action projects across the country, which has generated almost four times as much in contributions from communities in terms of money, time and other resources including volunteering.

Nationally, a total of £26.8 million in contributions from the community have been matched including over 1.5 million volunteering hours, and £4.5 million in cash.

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd commented:

“We want to support people who are passionate and have the drive to make their communities better places to live. That’s why we are making small amounts of money available across the country through the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund so that many more people have the means to make their ideas come to life and improve where they live.”

The Government launched the Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund in 2011 to open up more opportunities for local projects by providing small grants to community groups and local social action projects in some of the most deprived areas of the country. This has resulted in innovative social action initiatives being implemented across England.

There are 600 ward panels based across the country who decide on local priorities and how to best allocate funding in their area. Residents apply to their local panel with a community focused proposal. If approved, funds are awarded directly to the project by the delivery partner – the Community Development Foundation.

Alison Seabrooke, Chief Executive, Community Development Foundation said:

“What I love about the Community First, Neighbourhood Matched Fund is that it is bringing the best out in communities. Across the country we see people coming together to decide local priorities, they’re volunteering in their communities and they are being supported in this with much needed funding. This shows that small sums of money can have a huge impact and act as a catalyst for change.”

The Community Neighbourhood Matched Fund is a catalyst for new activity. Ten per cent of projects have been established since it launched and the programme has reached new community groups, 38% of whom had not received public funds before.

Most projects benefited from 292 volunteering hours on average, building on the goodwill which already existing in communities as 91% of existing projects already had regular volunteers.

Further information:

Community First Neighbourhood Matched Fund is an initiative that provides local communities with the means to address their own priorities:

–       Communities set up local panels in each eligible ward, and 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 is available between £250-£2,500 per project

–       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, only certain electoral wards are eligible in each  Local Authority.

To apply for funding interested parties should visit http://www.cdf.org.uk/content/funding-programmes/community-first/neighbourhood-matched-fund to find their nearest panel using the postcode map and then apply directly.

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