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Soho Community First

Posted by sohocommunityfirst on January 23, 2012

Community First Programme 

Community First is an £80 Million Government Funded initiative managed by the Community Development Foundation (CDF) supporting communities to come together to identify their local priorities, plan for the future, and develop grassroots activity. The programme will be led and delivered through ward based community panels, each supported by a panel partner organisation.

The Programme aims to:

  • Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people;
  • Promote a sense of ownership not only of problems, but of local opportunities and resources;
  • Start more neighbourhood groups and revitalise existing groups;
  • Introduce a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

It is intended to result in:

  • Communities being able to help themselves and others;
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community;
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership.

Funding Allocations

The allocation of CF resources to Soho Ward is spread over 4 years. It is broken down as a proportion of the total as follows:

Year 1 – 17% – £ 14,060

Year 2 – 25% – £ 21, 223

Year 3 – 25% – £ £ 21, 219

Year 4 – 33% – £ 28, 272

The Soho Community First Panel is looking for applications for the final round of Year 4 funding. There is just under £6000 available and we would like to encourage local groups to apply for small grants of £500 – £1000 for projects that can be undertaken before the end of the financial year.  In recommending projects for funding to the Community Development Foundation we are looking at how projects meet the priorities for Soho Ward as outlined in the Soho Community First Plan: Soho Community First Plan 

For further details please see the page – Soho Ward Priorities.

For details of how to apply please see the relevant page on this website where you can download an application form and guidance on how to apply. 

The final deadline date for Year 4 funding is:

FRIDAY 12th December 2014

Soho Ward, Birmingham – if your project aims to benefit people living in this area and focuses on the priorities for the ward then it is eligible for funding through Community First.

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